Book ID: CBB515030106

Heredity Explored: Between Public Domain and Experimental Science, 1850-1930 (2016)


This book 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. The book, 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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Authors & Contributors
Cobb, Michael D.
Noguera-Solano, Ricardo
Ruiz Gutierrez, Rosaura
Radick, Gregory
Polizello, Andreza
Pereira Martins, Lilian Al-Chueyr
Public Understanding of Science
History of Science
Science Communication
Journal of the History of Biology
Philosophy of Science
Filosofia e História da Biologia
University of Pittsburgh Press
MIT Press
Franco Angeli
The College of William and Mary
Public understanding of science
Science and society
Communication of scientific ideas
Public opinion
Science and politics
Darwin, Charles Robert
Lucas, Prosper
Bateson, William
Vries, Hugo Marie de
Spencer, Herbert
Galton, Francis
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
18th century
Vienna (Austria)
United States
Academia Brasileira de Ciencias

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