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Breast Cancer Genes and the Gendering of Knowledge

Science and Citizenship in the Cultural Context of the ‘New’ Genetics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Sahra Gibbon
      Pages 1-18
  3. Clinical Breast Cancer Genetics: Patients, Practitioners and Predictive Medicine

  4. A Breast Cancer Research Charity: Science, Activism and the Quest for Knowledge

  5. Conclusion

    1. Sahra Gibbon
      Pages 189-197
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 198-221

About this book


The book examines the social and cultural context of new genetic knowledge associated with breast cancer. It looks at how this knowledge and technologies are used and received in two contrasting social arenas - cancer genetic clinics and a breast cancer research charity.


breast cancer cancer cancer research care ethics genetics knowledge

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University College LondonUK

About the authors

SAHRA GIBBON is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Anthropology Department at University College London, UK. She has a longstanding interest in the social and cultural dimensions of developments in genomics and the dynamic interface between differently constituted sciences and publics. She teaches on a range of courses focussing on the anthropology of medicine, science and technology

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