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The Material GeneGender, Race, and Heredity after the Human Genome Project$
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Kelly E. Happe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814790670

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814790670.001.0001

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Toward a Biosociality without Genes

Toward a Biosociality without Genes

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(p.177) 6 Toward a Biosociality without Genes
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The Material Gene
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Kelly E. Happe

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814790670.003.0006

This concluding chapter argues for a postgenomics ethos, or what the texxt calls a biosociality without genes. Biosociality, according to Paul Rabinow, is a particular type of relationality made possible by the Human Genome Project (HGP) and the profound collective and cultural changes it augured. The genome, or simply heredity, has become the defining feature of social life: disease, behavior, identity itself are all inextricably bound up with genes and their variants. What is required then is a notion of biosociality without genes, perhaps even without biology. Biosociality in this sense is thus animated by the potential to act on one's experience, in connection with others.

Keywords:   biosociality, postgenomics ethos, heredity, biosociality without genes, Human Genome Project, biology

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