Governance in Comparative Perspective
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Biobanks by Herbert Gottweis
Book DescriptionIn recent years, a number of large population-based biobanks - genetic databases that combine genetic information derived from blood samples with personal data about environment, medical history, lifestyle or genealogy - have been set up in order to study the interface between disease, and genetic and environmental factors. Unsurprisingly, these studies have sparked a good deal of controversy and the ethical and social implications have been widely debated. Biobanks: Governance in Comparative Perspective is the first book to explore the political and governance implications of biobanks in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia. This book explores: * the interrelated conditions needed for a biobank to be created and to exist * the rise of the new bio-economy * the redefinition of citizenship accompanying national biobank developments This groundbreaking book makes clear that biobanks are a phenomenon that cannot be disconnected from considerations of power, politics, and the reshaping of current practices in governance. It will be a valuable read for scholars and students of genetics, bioethics, risk, public health and the sociology of health and illness.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415427388
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Herbert Gottweis
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Drawing on a wide range of interviews and primary and secondary sources, this book investigates the dynamic interactions between national regulatory formation and the global biopolitics of regenerative medicine and human embryonic stem cell science.
Governing Molecules, Hardback (January 1999)» View all books by Herbert Gottweis
Herbert Gottweis explains how genetic engineering became so controversial. Beginning with an exposition of poststructuralist theory and its implications for research methodology, he approaches political analysis, emphasizing the essential role of narratives in the development of policy.
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Author Biography - Herbert Gottweis
Herbert Gottweis is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, Austria. Alan Petersen is Professor of Sociology, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at Plymouth University and at City University in London, UK.
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