Bernhard Wieser

How Genes Matter

Genetic Medicine as Subjectivisation Practices

Understanding the significance of genetic factors for our lives requires an analysis that goes beyond biological aspects. It is especially necessary to take into account how human beings relate to others and to themselves. Who we are is a result of social action and the ways in which human beings constitute themselves as subjects. Seen from this perspective, genetic medicine is a social practice that shapes how we think about us, how we conduct our behaviour and how we care for our children.
This book scrutinises practices by which individuals become knowledgeable about their genes and constitute them as responsible decision makers.

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Bernhard Wieser (PhD) is Associate Professor for Science and Technology Studies at Alpen-Adria-University, Klagenfurt – Wien – Graz. In his research he investigates ethical, legal, and social aspects of genome research and their application in genetic diagnostics. In previous projects he focused on the analysis of processes contributing to the individualisation of responsibility in the context of genetic examinations. Moreover, he has investigated diffusion factors of genetic testing in medical practice and how diagnosed persons become confronted with their "genetic identity". Technology and organisational frameworks of application are central to his research since they shape the ways in which genetic health problems are prompted and their possible solutions are pre-structured.

Bernhard Wieser: Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Science and Technology Studies (STS), Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Philosophy

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