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Biology Unmoored

Melanesian Reflections on Life and Biotechnology

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Biology Unmoored by Sandra Bamford
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"Biology Unmoored" is an engaging examination of what it means to live in a world that is not structured in terms of biological thinking. Drawing upon three years of ethnographic research in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, Sandra Bamford describes a world in which physiological reproduction is not perceived to ground human kinship or human beings' relationship to the organic world. Bamford also exposes the ways in which Western ideas about relatedness do depend on a notion of physiological reproduction. Her innovative analysis includes a discussion of the advent of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), the mapping of the human genome, cloning, the commodification of biodiversity, and the manufacture and sale of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Author Biography

Sandra Bamford is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She is the editor of Embodying Modernity and Postmodernity: Ritual, Praxis and Social Change in Melanesia, and coeditor of Genealogy--Beyond Kinship: Sequence, Transmission and Essence in Ethnography and Social Theory.
Release date Australia
March 6th, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
7 b-w photographs, 3 line illustrations, 2 maps
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
245
Dimensions
152x229x16
ISBN-13
9780520247130
Product ID
1929851

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