Genetic Knowledge

The Contribution of Sociologies
  • Simon Dyson


This chapter will consider the issues of public awareness and knowledge of genetics with specific reference to the haemoglobin disorders sickle cell anaemia and beta-thalas-saemia. The paper aims to highlight problems in the whole notion of public awareness of genetics by examining the insights which may be derived from sociologies. In doing so it will draw critically upon the author’s own work in assessing community and professional awareness of these conditions and their carrier states.


Genetic Counselling Sickle Cell Anaemia Black Woman Sickle Cell Social Construction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Dyson
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  1. 1.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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