Can Science Resolve the Nature / Nurture Debate?
Since the 1950s, the new science of epigenetics has demonstrated how cellular environments and certain experiences and behaviors influence gene expression at the molecular level, with significant implications for health and wellbeing. To the amazement of scientists, mapping the human genome indirectly supported these insights. Anthropologists Margaret Lock and Gisli Palsson outline vituperative arguments from Classical times about the relationship between nature and nurture, furthered today by epigenetic findings and the demonstration of a "reactive genome." The nature/nurture debate, they show, can never be put to rest, because these concepts are in constant flux in response to the new insights science continually offers.
- Hardback | 160 pages
- 135 x 211 x 16mm | 316g
- 27 Jun 2016
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 1. Auflage
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Table of contents
1. Moveable Concepts: Nature and Nurture
2. Promotion and Demotion of the Gene
3. Reinstating Nurture: From Opposition to Commingling
4. Accruing Biosocial Momentum
5. Biopolitics for the Future
Eva Jablonka, Tel Aviv University
"A cool appraisal of a turbulent field, this fine book exposes an unfolding saga of interdisciplinary dimensions. A radical shift is emerging in the conceptualization of the human body and its environment: the authors' state-of-the-art climax is a message for everyone."
Marilyn Strathern, Girton College, Cambridge
"Lock and Palsson reaffirm their critique of the dualistic thinking that has prevailed in the past two hundred years. The reader is left with the firm understanding that the biochemical promise of gene therapy is empty if it is not undertaken in tandem with measures to improve the nurturing role of the social and physical environment.  It offers an all too brief but wonderful historical and contemporary overview of the nature/nurture debate from both perspectives and touches on some other interesting topics in the history of science."
About Gisli Palsson
Gisli Palsson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iceland