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SubjectivityEthnographic Investigations$
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Joao Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247925

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247925.001.0001

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Whole Bodies, Whole Persons?

Whole Bodies, Whole Persons?

Cultural Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Biology

(p.352) 11 Whole Bodies, Whole Persons?

Evelyn Fox Keller

University of California Press

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

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