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Nelkin, Dorothy

Works: 101 works in 414 publications in 3 languages and 16,286 library holdings
Genres: History  Folklore  Textbooks  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Performer, Publishing director
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Most widely held works about Dorothy Nelkin
Most widely held works by Dorothy Nelkin
The DNA mystique : the gene as a cultural icon by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

34 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What explains society's fascination with the gene? DNA in popular culture has been granted extraordinary powers of agency and control, appearing as an explanation of personality, a source of crime and other social problems, the cause of academic failure, and the basis of financial success. It appears as a scientific guide to social policy, a way to locate responsibility, and to delegate blame: "it's all in the genes."" "In The DNA Mystique, Nelkin and Lindee explore the striking presence of the gene in popular culture, where DNA has become a powerful, deterministic - even magical - entity, the essence of life, and the secular equivalent of the soul. Drawing on stories and metaphors from film, television, news reports, comic books, ads, and even cartoons, the authors reveal how science and culture intersect to shape the social meaning of the gene." "Nelkin and Lindee describe how the gene is appropriated to define the proper family, predict future behavior, and advance common stereotypes of gender and race. They show how social problems and opportunities have disappeared behind the image of the double helix, which looms so large in the popular imagination. And they show how cultural interpretations of the gene influence individual expectations, institutional practices, and social policies. Their analysis then addresses a critical issue: What does this fascination with genetics mean for reproductive practices? Does the DNA mystique portend a "new eugenics"--A dangerous science that locates solutions to social problems in biological controls?"--Jacket
The creation controversy : science or Scripture in the schools by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

14 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in English and held by 1,741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1999, the Board of Education in Kansas voted to delete all mention of evolution from the state's recommended science curriculum and also from its educational assessment tests. This decision, and similar decisions in other states, suggest the persistence of creationists and their ability to capture sufficient support to influence educational policies. Although evolutionary ideas have become increasingly important to many scientific fields, the creationists still have significant influence on science curriculum. How have religious fundamentalists and right wing conservatives managed to have such influence? In this science-dominated age, why is there such opposition to the teaching of evolution? This book places the Kansas decision in the broader context of the controversy between creationists and evolutionists, as a group of religious fundamentalists who defined themselves as scientists have challenged the most basic assumptions of contemporary biology. Though motivated by religious beliefs, they have tried to bypass the Constitutional requirement for the separation of church and state as they seek to influence legislature and school boards. Looking at the people involved in this social movement and tracing changes in their arguments and strategies, this book links the creation-evolution controversy to broader questions about the meaning of religion in a secular science, public trust in science, and persistent concerns about its social and moral implications."
Selling science : how the press covers science and technology by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

29 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Controversy, politics of technical decisions by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

37 editions published between 1979 and 1992 in English and German and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The animal rights crusade : the growth of a moral protest by James M Jasper( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History and analysis of the animal rights movement chronicling its development from kindly petlovers to groups fighting for animal "rights."
A Disease of society : cultural and institutional responses to AIDS by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impact of AIDS cannot be adequately measured by epidemiology alone. As the editors of this volume argue, AIDS must be understood as a 'disease of society', which is challenging and changing society profoundly. Numerous books on AIDS have looked at the ways in which our social institutions, norms and values have determined how the disease has been dealt with, but this book, first published in 1991, examines the ways in which AIDS is, in turn, changing our social institutions, norms and values. It explores the impact of AIDS on the arts and popular entertainment, on our concept of family, on government and legal institutions and on the health services, and the ways in which AIDS is forcing society to come to terms with longstanding tensions between community values and individual rights
Workers at risk : voices from the workplace by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

10 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dangerous diagnostics : the social power of biological information by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An up-to-date look at current developments in diagnostic technology ; raises disturbing questions about the threat to our traditional concepts of privacy and personal antonomy
Migrant agricultural workers in America's Northeast by William H Friedland( Book )

12 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study explores the migrant labor system as it operates in the northeastern United States. It is concerned with how the system affects life in migrant labor crews, the details of daily routine, and the problems and adjustments made by the people to the circumstances in which they live. The 3 themes of the book are: (1) the disorganized and unpredictable character of migrant life; (2) the migrant's adaptation in day-to-day life to the disorganized character of his existence; and (3) the extent to which the migrant social system traps its participants. This book is a compilation of excerpts from field diaries written in the summers of 1966-68 by 16 students from Cornell University and Tuskegee Institute. These students, during summer seasons, became migrants, living individually in labor camps and working in the fields with a crew. Part 1, The Setting, includes: Going North on the Seasons; Migrant Labor Camps; The Crew Leader and His Control; and Work. Chaos as Order, the second section, contains: Personal Behavior; Inter-personal Relations; Leisure Time; and It Cut My Spirit and I Can't Pick a Thing. Section 3, Persistence or Change, covers: The Migrant and the Outside World; The Search for Solutions, and The Children. The Appendix explains Outsiders in the System. (Km)
Body bazaar : the market for human tissue in the biotechnology age by Lori B Andrews( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Body Bazaar presents a disturbing and eye-opening look at the growing trade in human DNA, blood, tissue, bones, embryos and other commodities of the burgeoning new biotechnology market
Science textbook controversies and the politics of equal time by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

10 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study explores the complex spectrum of motives and perceptions underlying contemporary criticism of science as expressed in the arena of public education. Part 1 briefly portrays the historical context of present-day disputes, discussing those aspects of the early reaction to Darwinian evolution and its introduction in the school that have recurred in contemporary conflicts. To provide more background on the textbook conflicts, Part 1 also describes the science curriculum reform movement, while Part 2 discusses contemporary textbook watchers, analyzing their social and political base, and Part 3 describes their activities in several disputes. Finally, Part 4 analyzes the disputes in terms of the social and political concerns underlying the collision of values over science education and of the relationship between science and personal beliefs. The textbook disputes are seen as less a manifestation of antiscience attitudes than a reflection of a much broader concern with the social, political, and cultural implications of science, with the increasing role of technical expertise, the dominance of professional bureaucracies, and the neglect of local interests. (Author/IRT)
The university and military research; moral politics at M.I.T by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

13 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science as intellectual property : who controls research? by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The atom besieged : extraparliamentary dissent in France and Germany by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Methadone maintenance: a technological fix by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

6 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The molecular gaze : art in the genetic age by Suzanne Anker( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The gene is a biological construction, but as the genetic revolution has progressed it has also become a cultural icon with symbolic and metaphoric associations. Its cultural meaning, reflected in popular culture and visual art, has become independent of its biological definition, thus expressing many of the issues emerging from the genetic revolution. That the complex and abstract science of molecular genetics has achieved this status is remarkable, and it has provided a rich source of imagery and ideas for contemporary artists. The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age explores the works produced by these "sci-artists" as well as the moral and bioethical issues that they address. Suzanne Anker and Dorothy Nelkin provide insight into the social and ethical meanings of this important science through the gaze of artists and their visual interpretations, illustrating their discussions with a wide range of contemporary art. And they suggest the ways in which DNA representations relate to archetypal images that have appeared throughout the history of art."--Jacket
The politics of housing innovation : the fate of the Civilian Industrial Technology Program by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

6 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Technological decisions and democracy : European experiments in public participation by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

12 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the season: aspects of the migrant labor system by Dorothy Nelkin( Book )

6 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 3 essays on migrants in this study draw upon a survey of 181 migrants from 12 crews and of the crew leaders and growers associated with these crews, a small survey of an agricultural community, field notes of 16 undergraduate students who lived and worked in 14 migrant labor camps for 5 to 10 weeks, and interviews by 8 additional students with farmers, social workers, administrators in government and church agencies, and teachers related to the migrant labor system. The essays concentrate on migrants' adaptation to an environment shaped by such factors as physical and social exclusion from the wider society (most migrants studied were black), an uprooted pattern of life marked by seasonal geographic mobility, the conditions of steep labor, the dependence and powerlessness imposed by living in an employer-owned camp, the limited physical setting of a labor camp, and the effects of the temporary character of a labor crew. Recommendations are offered, "more to indicate obvious points of vulnerability in the migrant labor system than to provide quick or sufficient solutions to problems compounded over many years." (Bo)
The language of risk : conflicting perspectives on occupational health( Book )

12 editions published between 1985 and 1996 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The DNA mystique : the gene as a cultural icon
The creation controversy : science or Scripture in the schoolsSelling science : how the press covers science and technologyThe animal rights crusade : the growth of a moral protestA Disease of society : cultural and institutional responses to AIDSWorkers at risk : voices from the workplaceDangerous diagnostics : the social power of biological informationBody bazaar : the market for human tissue in the biotechnology ageThe atom besieged : extraparliamentary dissent in France and GermanyThe molecular gaze : art in the genetic age
Alternative Names
Dorothy Nelkin American sociologist of science

Nelkin, Drothy

넬킨, 도로시

넬킨, 도로시 1933-2003

ネルキン, ドロシー

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