Misbehaving Science: Controversy and the Development of Behavior Genetics

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University of Chicago Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author
Aaron Panofsky is assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and Institute for Society and Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Panofsky's book is the best empirical and conceptual extension to date of Bourdieu's perspectives on the sociology of science. This history of the fascinating understory of behavioral genetics will revive studies of scientific specialities by opening up new and fruitful questions.--Thomas F. Gieryn "Indiana University"
"In this pioneering expedition across the 'archipelago' of approaches that make up behavior genetics, Aaron Panofsky charts a new course for understanding how scientific fields become enmeshed in controversy. Misbehaving Science sheds new light on the troubled quest to locate human behavior in our genes, revealing how the fragmentation of the field, and the absence of consensus about 'good science' within it, has left it mired in debate. Based on careful scholarship, this is a first-rate history of a scientific domain that also proposes new directions for critically evaluating the modern organization of knowledge production."--Steven Epstein, author of Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research "Indiana University"
"Panofsky has successfully captured the tensions that lie at the foundation of behavioral genetics. His approach is both engaging and provocative, most notably his characterization of the field as constituted of archipelagos. The analytic purchase is significant, and Misbehaving Science will likely find a high place in the rapidly expanding literature in social studies of science."--Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics "Indiana University"
"Gripping and salutary. . . told with wonderful insight."--Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics "New Scientist"
"A particularly rich example of the ways practical logics can shape and constrain future organizational decisions across many different kinds of fields."--Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics "Social Forces"
"Misbehaving Science will surely generate great nature/nurture discussions in the context of human behavior. Recommended."--Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics "Choice"
"Misbehaving Science examines how scientists position themselves in relation to these debates and how scientists' responses to controversy have shaped the structure of the field. In doing so, Panofsky offers novel ways of understanding collective patterns of action in biomedical research. . . . The conclusions Panofsky reaches are specific to the field of behavior genetics, but his approach offers insights that are potentially applicable to many other fields. His exemplary handling of different levels of analysis would make this text especially useful for a graduate-level methods course."--Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics "Medical Anthropology Quarterly"
"Many readers will look at this book as a story of the development of behavior genetics; but beyond this history, what Panofksy's volume offers is a way of thinking about the structure of scientific fields and the relationship between field structure and scientific controversy. . . . Historians will be captivated by Panofsky's rendering of the development of behavior genetics. He tracks the controversies that are the core of his book in tremendous detail and evinces a deep understanding of the intricate history of the field. For sociologists, Panofsky offers behavior genetics as a way to think differently about Bourdieu's field theory and suggests we carefully consider the logic of misbehaving fields."--Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics "Contemporary Sociology"