Nostalgia and the New Genetics

Marilyn Stmthem

in Rhetorics of Self-Making

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780520087989
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520915251 | DOI:
Nostalgia and the New Genetics

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This chapter argues about how to sustain certain understandings of the world in a context where those understandings are written off by others as traditionalist or premodern, or, where they are not written off, are sentimentalized exactly for the same reason; in short, where they suffer too much representation. The understandings in question concern the kind of critical response an anthropologist might want to make to current thinking about the new genetics, and in particular how to manage anthropology's relational premises. The problem is accordingly commuted into the problem of how to keep relationships in view without being nostalgic.

Keywords: understandings; anthropologist; genetics; nostalgia

Chapter.  10987 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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