liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Genetics and identity
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Centre for Applied Ethics.
2008 (English)In: Community Genetics, ISSN 1422-2795, Vol. 11, no 5, 252-266 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For the last 20 years the concepts of identity and identification have been subject to much interest in the humanities and social sciences. However, the implications of genetics for identity and identification have been largely neglected. In this paper, I distinguish various conceptions of identity (as continuity over time, as basic kind of being, as unique set of properties, and as social role) and identification (as subjective experience of identity in various senses and as social ascription of identity in various senses), and investigate systematically genetic perspectives on each of these conceptions. I stress the importance of taking the genetic perspectives seriously but also their limitations. In particular, I pinpoint conceptual problems that arise when a genetic approach to identity is adopted. Copyright © 2008 S. Karger AG.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 11, no 5, 252-266 p.
Keyword [en]
Assisted reproductive technologies, Gene therapy, Genetic ancestry, Genetic determinism, Genetic essentialism, Genetic testing, Identification, Identity, Narrative identity, Numerical identity, Personal identity, Social identity
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46177DOI: 10.1159/000121396OAI: diva2:267073
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2009-10-26

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Nordgren, Anders
By organisation
Faculty of Arts and SciencesCentre for Applied Ethics
In the same journal
Community Genetics
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 57 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link