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Blinded by Science : The Social Implications of Epigenetics and Neuroscience - Critical (Paperback)

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This challenging yet accessible book debunks common assumptions that have been made about how to interpret and apply the findings of epigenetics and neuroscience in social policy. Intended for general readers, students, policy makers, and professionals in social work, medicine, law, and education, the book serves as a critical introduction to the biology of epigenetics and neuroscience and an overview of their promises, threats, and implications for policy and professional practice in social policy. The book notes that while epigenetics and neuroscience have been used to explain social ills and steer social policy in areas such as child welfare, criminal justice, and mental health, many underlying assumptions of these efforts are wrong because epigenetics and neuroscience don’t explain what people think. This phenomenon is located within the historical movement of post-enlightenment thought. The book then explains how knowledge gets made in neuroscience and molecular biology and draws on concepts from social science to describe how ideas move from the lab to the policy world and into public discourse. Appendices offer primers on brain anatomy, statistics, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and critiques of research. Distributed in North America by University of Chicago Press. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Edition: Critical
Number of Pages: 291
Genre: Political Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: David Wastell & Sue White
Language: English
Street Date: June 15, 2017
TCIN: 51893149
UPC: 9781447322344
Item Number (DPCI): 248-37-0626
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