Misbehaving Science: Controversy And The Development Of Behavior Genetics by Aaron PanofskyMisbehaving Science: Controversy And The Development Of Behavior Genetics by Aaron Panofsky

Misbehaving Science: Controversy And The Development Of Behavior Genetics

byAaron Panofsky

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Behavior genetics has always been a breeding ground for controversies. From the “criminal chromosome” to the “gay gene,” claims about the influence of genes like these have led to often vitriolic national debates about race, class, and inequality. Many behavior geneticists have encountered accusations of racism and have had their scientific authority and credibility questioned, ruining reputations, and threatening their access to coveted resources.  

In Misbehaving Science, Aaron Panofsky traces the field of behavior genetics back to its origins in the 1950s, telling the story through close looks at five major controversies. In the process, Panofsky argues that persistent, ungovernable controversy in behavior genetics is due to the broken hierarchies within the field. All authority and scientific norms are questioned, while the absence of unanimously accepted methods and theories leaves a foundationless field, where disorder is ongoing. Critics charge behavior geneticists with political motivations; champions say they merely follow the data where they lead. But Panofsky shows how pragmatic coping with repeated controversies drives their scientific actions. Ironically, behavior geneticists’ struggles for scientific authority and efforts to deal with the threats to their legitimacy and autonomy have made controversy inevitable—and in some ways essential—to the study of behavior genetics.

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Aaron Panofsky is assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and Institute for Society and Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Title:Misbehaving Science: Controversy And The Development Of Behavior GeneticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 7, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022605831X

ISBN - 13:9780226058313

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1
Studying Misbehaving Science

Chapter 2
Founding the Field to Avoid Controversy

Chapter 3
The Young Field Disrupted: The Race and IQ Controversy

Chapter 4
Animals or Humans to Study Behavior? Conflict over the Shape of the Field

Chapter 5
The Power of Reductionism: Valorizing Controversial Science

Chapter 6
From Behavior Genetics to Genomics

Chapter 7
Responsibility, Notoriety, and Geneticization

Conclusion
Misbehaving Science: Behavior Genetics and Beyond

Appendix
Notes
References
Index

Editorial Reviews

“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.”