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The Connection Between the Body and the Environment: a Changing View
Karlstad University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4984-2415
2020 (English)In: Science & Education, ISSN 0926-7220, E-ISSN 1573-1901, Vol. 29, p. 1093-1096Article, book review (Other academic) Published
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The author of the book takes a broad scope of different perspectives to cover our constantly increasing knowledge in biology. This is an ambitious book, written by a sociologist with great knowledge in biology although with some exceptions concerning facts about epigenetic inheritance (see my comments on chapter five). The book is divided into five chapters, all focussing on the connection between the body and the environment, and how the view of this connection has changed over time. The title of the book, Impressionable biologies, points to another perspective of biology than the natural science one—expressed in the words of the author as—“defining biological matter as deeply imbued with social meanings, not just ‘malleable’ but durably ‘impressionable’” (p. 28). The text is sometimes too verbose, especially in chapters one and three, and sometimes not stringent, implicating difficulties to follow the line of argument. The level is rather advanced. Thus the book is best suited for university teachers and researchers in biology education.

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Springer Nature, 2020. Vol. 29, p. 1093-1096
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-4483DOI: 10.1007/s11191-020-00134-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-4483DiVA, id: diva2:1734976
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Review of: Meloni, Maurizio (2019) Impressionable Biologies: From the Archaeology of Plasticity to the Sociology of Epigenetics. Routledge, New York and London. ISBN: 978-1-138-04941-3, 216 Pages

Available from: 2023-02-07 Created: 2023-02-07 Last updated: 2023-02-07Bibliographically approved

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