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

Palladino, Paolo (2011) Miranda’s Story:Molecules, Populations and the Ageing Organism. History of the Human Sciences, 24 (5). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1461-720X

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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.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: History of the Human Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: ageing ; biology ; death ; Gilles Deleuze ; Michel Foucault ; Martin Heidegger ; philosophy
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 49959
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2011 15:28
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2015 09:40
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