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Blinded by Science: The Social Implications of Epigenetics and Neuroscience

David Wastell and Susan White


In recent years, new areas of biology, especially epigenetics and neuroscience, have enthralled the public imagination. They have been used as powerful arguments for developing social policy in a particular direction, from early intervention in the lives of disadvantaged children to seeking 'biomarkers' as identifiers of criminality. This book critically examines the capabilities and limitations of these biotechnologies, exploring their implications for policy and practice. The book will enable social scientists, policy makers, practitioners and interested general readers to understand how the ... More

Keywords: social policy, child welfare, biology, neuroscience, epigenetics, psychiatry, social engineering, mothering, parenting, developmental origins

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447322337
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447322337.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wastell, author
Nottingham University

Susan White, author
University of Sheffield