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Scrutinizing the Epigenetics Revolution

  • Maurizio Meloni
  • Giuseppe Testa

Abstract

Epigenetics is frequently framed as a revolutionary turn that heralds a new epoch both for gene-based epistemology and the wider society. The fundamentals of this revolution remain however to be scrutinized. In this chapter, we propose a roadmap for social theorizing on epigenetics along three paths of investigation. The first looks at the structuring elements of controversies and visions around epigenetics. The second probes the mutual constitution between the epigenetic reordering of life and the normative settlements that orient individual and collective responsibilities. The third highlights the material import of epigenetics and the molecularization of culture that it mediates. Through these complementary strands we aim to advance the social study of epigenetics as a new critical frontier in the social studies of the life sciences.

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  • Maurizio Meloni
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Testa
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.University of MilanMilanItaly

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