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Experimenting in the Biosocial: The Strange Case of Twin Research

Viney, William

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Authors

William Viney



Contributors

Maurizio Meloni
Editor

John Cromby
Editor

Des Fitzgerald
Editor

Stephanie Lloyd
Editor

Abstract

In this chapter, I explore how twin research has been used to prove and disprove divisions between biology and environment. The history of using twins in biomedical research has lessons for understanding how human groups interact with scientific endeavours. I consider how twins have their identities transformed by research, and how they seek to adapt to and inform the discrete workings of scientific knowledge production. While experiences of twinning have been linked to the specific uterine quality of their development, or to generalised patterns of psychological relation and co-dependence, little is known about how these conceptions of twin sociality are enhanced, diminished, or negated by their status as clinical labourers within scientific enterprise.

Citation

Viney, W. (2017). Experimenting in the Biosocial: The Strange Case of Twin Research. In M. Meloni, J. Cromby, D. Fitzgerald, & S. Lloyd (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of biology and society (143-166). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52879-7_7

Acceptance Date Oct 26, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 28, 2017
Publication Date Oct 28, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 26, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 28, 2020
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 143-166
Book Title The Palgrave handbook of biology and society.
ISBN 9781137528780
DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52879-7_7

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William Viney, Experimenting in the biosocial: the strange case of twin research, 2017, Palgrave Macmillan reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137528780




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