Whole Bodies, Whole Persons?

Evelyn Fox Keller

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI:
Whole Bodies, Whole Persons?

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This chapter discusses the argument that the engagement with new biological knowledge unsettles some of the most critical assumptions about cultural malleability and difference in human nature. It introduces the concept of genomics, which certifies a distinct diversity and gives the possibility of relating biology and subjectivity in new terms. The chapter also indicates that the view of subjectivity as open, fractured, multiple, and culturally contingent has left the biological body and its contribution to experiences of selfhood behind.

Keywords: biological knowledge; cultural malleability; human nature; genomics; biology; experiences of selfhood; biological body

Chapter.  4431 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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