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Miranda’s Story: Molecules, Populations and the Ageing Organism

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Journal publication date12/2011
JournalHistory of the Human Sciences
Journal number5
Volume24
Number of pages20
Pages1-20
Early online date18/08/11
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Biomedicine is today transforming the human condition, but how such transformation is to be understood is a matter of debate. I seek to contribute to the debate by focusing on recent developments within a relatively novel subfield of gerontology which is engaged in the bio-molecular and bio-demographic characterization of the processes associated with the development of the organism from birth to death. I argue that these developments aid understanding of the conceptual difficulties confronting neo-Darwinian biological thought and poststructuralist social theory as one decentres the organism and the other the subject.

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