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Heredity Explored: Between Public Domain and Experimental Science, 1850--1930

Series: Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology Series

By: Staffan Müller-Wille(Editor), Christina Brandt(Editor)

480 pages, 7 b/w illustrations

MIT Press

Hardback | Jul 2016 | #238438 | ISBN-13: 9780262034432
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Heredity Explored examines the wide range of scientific and social arenas in which the concept of inheritance gained relevance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Although genetics emerged as a scientific discipline during this period, the idea of inheritance also played a role in a variety of medical, agricultural, industrial, and political contexts.

Heredity Explored, which follows an earlier collection, Heredity Produced (covering the period 1500 to 1870), addresses heredity in national debates over identity, kinship, and reproduction; biopolitical conceptions of heredity, degeneration, and gender; agro-industrial contexts for newly emerging genetic rationality; heredity and medical research; and the genealogical constructs and experimental systems of genetics that turned heredity into a representable and manipulable object. Taken together, the essays in Heredity Explored show that a history of heredity includes much more than the history of genetics, and that knowledge of heredity was always more than the knowledge formulated as Mendelism. It was the broader public discourse of heredity in all its contexts that made modern genetics possible.

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Staffan Müller-Wille is Associate Professor in History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences at the University of Exeter, U.K., and the coeditor of Heredity Produced (MIT Press). Christina Brandt is Professor for the History of Life Sciences and Philosophical Anthropology at the University of Bochum, Germany.

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