Gene Worship

Author: Gisela Kaplan
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
ISBN: 1590514521
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"A wonderful antidote to the gene hysteria that is now so dominant! . . . What is most exciting about this book is the authors' ability to move seamlessly from research on how the brain works, to sociology, history, and philosophy. And that, I believe, is exactly how we need to understand gender--neither nature nor nurture, but a complex interplay." - Dr. Lynda Birke, author of Feminism and the Biological Body This work moves beyond the old nature/nurture debate concerning what makes us who we are to present a new understanding of gender and sexuality. Since the mapping of the human genome there has been widespread coverage of scientific discoveries in the offing, and of the host of human problems to be solved through gene therapy, from physical defects to mental disease and even so-called 'undesirable' behavior. As biologists with expertise in neuroscience, ethology, psychology, sociology and human ethos, Kaplan and Rogers are uniquely situated to evaluate the claims of their colleagues concerning the knowledge to be gained through the study of our biological make-up. They caution against the seductive belief that, once we understand our biological constitution, it is but a short step to complete mastery of human nature. Furthermore, they show that this belief is yet another example of how science can be subverted to defend the claims of the ruling ideology.

Gender and the Science of Difference

Author: Jill A. Fisher
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813550793
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How does contemporary science contribute to our understanding about what it means to be women or men? What are the social implications of scientific claims about differences between "male" and "female" brains, hormones, and genes? How does culture influence scientific and medical research and its findings about human sexuality, especially so-called normal and deviant desires and behaviors? Gender and the Science of Difference examines how contemporary science shapes and is shaped by gender ideals and images. Prior scholarship has illustrated how past cultures of science were infused with patriarchal norms and values that influenced the kinds of research that was conducted and the interpretation of findings about differences between men and women. This interdisciplinary volume presents empirical inquiries into today's science, including examples of gendered scientific inquiry and medical interventions and research. It analyzes how scientific and medical knowledge produces gender norms through an emphasis on sex differences, and includes both U.S. and non-U.S. cases and examples.

Gender Relations in Canada

Author: Janet Siltanen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195423204
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Series: a href=""Themes in Canadian Sociology/a Today it is widely recognized that the experience of inequality depends on the intersections of gender, race, and class in each individual life. In Gender Relations in Canada Janet Siltanen and Andrea Doucet trace the way the implications of gender play out for women and men throughout the life course, from the formation of gender identity in childhood through the identity struggles of adolescence to adulthood, where gender continues to play a major role in the structure of work and family life alike. At the same time the authors underline the importance of moving beyond intersectionality as a framework for research in this area.

What it Means to be 98 Chimpanzee

Author: Jonathan M. Marks
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520226159
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Focusing on the remarkable similarity between chimp and human DNA, the author explores the role of molecular genetics, anthropology, and biology, and psychology in the human-ape relationship.

Transsexualism and sex reassignment

Author: William A. W. Walters
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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Based on ten years of experience with over 400 transsexuals at a major teaching hospital in Melbourne, this book describes factors determining gender identity and explains how and why transsexualism may develop. The contributors examine the experience from every angle, discussing its medical, ethical, legal, social, and personal aspects, providing a benchmark in the the understanding and management of the transsexual experience.