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Genetiska föreställningar: Mellan genus och gener i populär/vetenskapens visuella kulturer
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2005 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Genetic imageries : Between gender and genes in the visual cultures of popular/science (English)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates how representations of genes and genetics have given rise to new kinds of cultural imageries created and reflected in popular science media. The concept of popular/science is used here in order to circumvent the traditional diffusion model of science communication, and to focus instead on how popular science media taps into scientific discourse just as scientific representations draw on popular imagery. The study thus shows how the new genetics is not created in a cultural vacuum, but thrives in the intersection of popular culture and science culture. The main argument is that together with the changing genetic imageries in popular/science both conventional and unconventional ways of enacting gender, sexuality and race emerge. Thus the illustrations and stories assembled and analysed here can be regarded as contested sites of social change.

This exploration of contemporary representations of genes and genetics is performed with analytical tools from the overlappmg fields of feminist cultural studies, visual studies, and science and literature studies. As the ways of representing genes and generics in the visual field of popular science media are mapped out, the thesis gives a partial and local account of the mosaic of the genetic imaginary - a discursive fantasy landscape which is used as a resource for collective subject formations, and in which cultural communities mirror and articulate themselves.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2005. , 416 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 303
Keyword [en]
popular science, visual culture, edutainment, the new genetics, genes, genres, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, the genetic imaginary, feminist cultural studies, science as culture, performativity, science and literature studies
Keyword [sv]
naturvetenskap, genetik, massmedia, genus, reproduktion, etnicitet, populärvetenskap, humangenetik, genusaspekter
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-29536Local ID: 14896ISBN: 91-85295-87-6OAI: diva2:250351
Public defence
2005-06-17, Hörsalen, Hus Key, Universitetsområdet Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2014-11-28Bibliographically approved

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