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Geneticization: Debates and controversies

Hedgecoe, Adam ORCID: 2009. Geneticization: Debates and controversies. [Online]. Wiley. Available at:

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The term ‘geneticization’ describes a process where by there is an increasing tendency to use genetic explanations to describe differences between individuals and groups. Supporters of this position argue that the way in which genetics is described in the media and dealt with the medical profession risks increases inequality and discrimination on the basis of a belief in genetic determinism among policy-makers and the public. While this ‘geneticization thesis’ has proved popular among social scientists and bioethicists, empirical research into the way in which people interpret media messages and how clinicians adopt genetic tests casts doubt on the simplistic, homogenous model underpinning the geneticization thesis, raising challenges to the way in which this process is researched.

Item Type: Website Content
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Uncontrolled Keywords: reductionism; explanation; social impact; genetic essentialism
Additional Information: Article published in Encyclopedia of Life Sciences [Online resource]
Publisher: Wiley
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 09:21

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