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Genomics and Culture Project

The Production, Consumption and Circuits of Meanings about Genomics within and around Contemporary Media.

Award Holders: Jenny Kitzinger (JOMEC), Joan Haran (Social Sciences, Cardiff), Kate O’Riordan and Maureen McNeil (Lancaster).

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Based at: School of Social Sciences, Cardiff

This 3 year project funded by the ESRC was a flagship Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen) project, involving collaboration with Lancaster University.

The project analysed how genetic discourses, issues and controversies were represented, circulated, and received. The project used a multi-methods study including interviews with scientists, media practitioners and members of the ‘lay’ public, as well as an analysis of a diverse range of media forms (including news and documentaries, Hollywood film, fine art and advertisements).

Themes of analysis included: the representations of 'futures' (including in science fiction), the mobilisation of women's bodies in the debate, representations of the embryo and images of scientists.

For further information and examples of publications see the CESAGen Website.

Research Outputs

The project resulted in numerous publications (see publications by the co-authors) including the book: Human Cloning in the Media: from science fiction to science practice, Routledge 2008