Behavior genetics: boundary crossings and epistemic cultures

Authored by: Nicole C. Nelson , Aaron Panofsky

Handbook of Genomics, Health and Society

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138211957
eBook ISBN: 9781315451695
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Behavior genetics asks some of science’s most provocative questions: why are individuals and groups different in their degrees of success, levels of intelligence, risks of addiction, and propensities to violence? As a field, behavior genetics straddles intellectual boundaries between biology and social science, and practitioners’ attempts to work across these boundaries have repeatedly generated controversy. Critics continue to question whether behavior geneticists have struck the right balance in emphasizing inherited and environmental contributions to behavior, or whether they should be using biological tools to examine “social” problems at all.

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