Genetics and Social Justice

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This article examines four genetic technologies as they have been articulated as tools for social justice: kinship analysis in postconflict settings, forensic DNA and criminal exoneration, genetic testing and women's health, and golden rice and food security. The cases highlight the potentials and pitfalls of science in the service of justice and the importance of recognizing technologies as hybrid political and scientific tools best implemented within a politics of humility and governed by social actors rather than scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Eugenics
  • Forensic DNA
  • Genetic testing
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Golden rice
  • Governance of genetic technologies
  • Human rights
  • Justice
  • Kinship analysis
  • Social aspects of genetic technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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