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Blinded by science : the social implications of epigenetics and neuroscience

Author: David Wastell; Susan White
Publisher: Bristol : Policy Press, 2017.
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"In recent years, new areas of biology, especially epigenetics and neuroscience, have enthralled the public imagination. They have been used as powerful arguments for developing social policy in a particular direction, from early intervention in the lives of disadvantaged children to seeking 'biomarkers' as identifiers of criminality. This timely book, written by leading commentators, critically examines the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Wastell; Susan White
ISBN: 9781447322344 1447322347 9781447322337 1447322339
OCLC Number: 1011581036
Description: xii, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I. Getting to grips with the thought styles. Biology and the drive for human improvement --
How knowledge gets made in neuroscience and molecular biology --
Blaming the brain --
Part II. Fixing real people. The precarious infant brain --
The cat is out of the bag : from early intervention to child protection --
Perfecting people : the inexorable rise of prevention science --
Epigenetics : rat mum to my Mum? --
Human epigenetics prematurely born(e)? --
Are we broken? : fixing people (or society) in the 21st century.
Responsibility: David Wastell and Sue White.

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