Chapter 17. Genetics and Social Theory

  1. Professor Bryan S. Turner Professor
  1. Oonagh Corrigan Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch17

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

How to Cite

Corrigan, O. (2008) Genetics and Social Theory, in The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (ed B. S. Turner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch17

Editor Information

  1. Alona Evans Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College Boston, USA

Author Information

  1. Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169004

Online ISBN: 9781444304992



  • Genetics and Social Theory;
  • ELSI (ethical, legal, and social issues) aspects of new genetics;
  • genetics revolution;
  • positive eugenics;
  • big science - ethics, and the new genetics;
  • PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology;
  • reconceptualizing nature and culture;
  • genetic citizens;
  • reconfiguration of race;
  • value of genes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • “Old” Genetics and Eugenic Ideology

  • Big Science: Ethics, and the New Genetics

  • A New Eugenics?

  • Genes are us?

  • Reconceptualizing Nature and Culture

  • The Reconfiguration of Race

  • The Value of Genes

  • Genetic Citizens

  • Hope and Future Promises

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography