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Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome

Sarah S. Richardson


Sex Itself examines the interaction between cultural gender norms and genetic theories of sex from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present postgenomic age. Analyzing the history of human sex chromosomes as gendered objects of scientific knowledge, Sex Itself shows how the X and Y chromosomes came to anchor a conception of sex as a biologically fixed and unalterable binary. Gender has helped to shape the questions that are asked, the theories and models proposed, the research practices employed, and the descriptive language used in the field of sex chromosome research. Using metho ... More

Keywords: Sex chromosomes, Human genome, Gender, Feminist science studies, Gender bias

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226084688
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226084718.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah S. Richardson, author