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Aging, Gender, and the Body  

Laura Hurd Clarke

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Jan 2019
In this chapter, the author considers some of the theoretical and methodological conundrums that she encountered in her qualitative research that has focused on later life experiences of ... More

Contesting Lyme Disease  

Sonny Nordmarken

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Jan 2019
In this chapter, the author examines his embodied experience with Lyme disease to chart how power and knowledge within the dominant biomedical framework were produced via engagement with ... More

DNA Is Not Destiny  

Rose McDermott and Peter K. Hatemi

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Apr 2018
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Mar 2018
Genetic influences are often misinterpreted to mean that an individual with a particular genotype is inevitably predisposed to engage in a given behavior or that genetic influences operate ... More

The Evolutionary Approach to History: Sociocultural Phylogenetics  

Marion Blute and Fiona M. Jordan

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Apr 2018
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Mar 2018
There are three forms of modern Darwinian evolutionism in the social sciences and humanities: the gene-based biological, the social learning-based sociocultural, and gene–culture ... More

Genes and Status Achievement  

François Nielsen

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Apr 2018
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Mar 2018
A number of human traits that are predictive of socioeconomic success (e.g., intelligence, certain personality traits, and educational attainment) or reflective of success (e.g., ... More

The Genetics of Human Behavior: A Hopeless Opus?  

Colter Mitchell

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Apr 2018
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Mar 2018
This chapter examines the recent massive expansion of genetic research into human behavior. Based on decades of twin research, there were high expectations of strong genetic effects for ... More

Managing Risky Bodies: From Pregnancy to Vaccination  

Jennifer A. Reich

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Apr 2019
Health risk is increasingly calculable, often with new ways to surveil the body, in hopes of enacting change that might treat, manage, or lower that identifiable risk. Nowhere is this more ... More

Pandemics  

Kathryn H. Jacobsen

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Dec 2018
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Dec 2018
This chapter discusses the history of and responses to global epidemics of serious diseases. Case studies of cholera, influenza, and HIV/AIDS illustrate typical reactions to pandemic ... More

Physiology of Face-to-Face Competition  

Allan Mazur

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Apr 2018
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Mar 2018
Face-to-face competition for rank in human status hierarchies is similar to “dominance competition” in other primate species, particularly the African apes. Each individual has signs or ... More

Pregnant Embodiment and Field Research  

Jennifer Randles

Feminist scholars have long argued for embodied reflexivity that involves accounting for how embodiment shapes qualitative field research as an intersubjective process. This chapter draws ... More

Social Class, Poverty, and the Unequal Burden of Illness and Death  

Ronald J. Angel

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May 2016
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Apr 2017
This article explores major themes related to the association among social factors that generate and maintain poverty and that determine health outcomes among different income groups. It ... More

Stress and Stress Hormones  

Jeff Davis and Kristen Damron

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Apr 2018
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Mar 2018
During the past four decades, numerous reviews have been published on biological responses to stressful social environments. Reviews targeted for audiences in the social sciences ... More

YouTube Vlogs as Illness Narratives: Methodological Consideration  

Natalie Kay Fullenkamp

In this chapter we present a methodological template for the use of video diaries (vlogs) as data in social science research, with a particular eye toward the selection, coding, and ... More

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