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Biotechnology Unglued

Science, Society, and Social Cohesion

Biotechnology Unglued explores this question in a well-considered investigation of the effects of technology on social cohesion. The essays present case studies of how various applications in agricultural, medical, and forensic biotechnology have affected the cohesiveness of agricultural communities, citizens, consumer groups, scientific communities, and society in general. The contributors, from a range of backgrounds, demonstrate how particular kinds of technology-society and technology-corporate configurations affect social cohesion by creating cultures of surveillance, competition, social exclusion, and control.

208 pages

Table of Contents


1 Introduction: The Impact of Innovations in Biotechnology on Social Cohesion / Michael Mehta

2 The Impact of Agricultural Biotechnology on Social Cohesion / Michael Mehta

3 Agricultural Biotechnology and Developing Countries: Issues of Poverty Alleviation, Food Security and Sustainable Development / Jacqueline Broerse and Joske Bunders

4 Legitimation Crisis: Food Safety and Genetically Modified Organisms / Christopher Vanderpool, Toby Ten Eyck and Craig Harris

5 Genetically Modified Foods in Norway: A Consumer Perspective / Margareta Wandel

6 Commercializing Iceland: Biotechnology, Culture and the Information Society / Kyle Eischen

7 Biotechnology and Social Control: The Canadian DNA Data Bank / Neil Gerlach

8 Biotechnology as Modern Museums of Civilization / Annette Burfoot and Jennifer Poudrier

9 The Production, Diffusion and Use of Knowledge in Biotechnology: The Discovery of BRCA1 and BRCA2 Genes / Robert Dalpé, Louise Bouchard and Daniel Ducharme



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