9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN07 Sociology of Culture

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Religious, National and European Identities Building II, C4.07

ImagEnation of the Czech DNA

Taking advantage of interpretative social theory, this paper examines the narrative concerning complementarity of sameness and difference in the production of knowledge within interpretation of various imaginations of DNA, genom and the body, mainly. The new emerging of the idea of race, like the main theme of distribution the sameness and difference, is critically analyses within broader area of contemporary forms of the biopower: questions of race, reproductive medicine and genomic. The special attention is paid to the recovering of the idea of race.

These representations of ?sameness? and ?difference? presented in popular discourse refer to the cultural imagination of genomic and DNA research in connection with notions of nationality and ethnicity. This text asks the consequences which the use of words and images connected with concepts of ?origin? or imagination of the body for the construction of national core-group or national core solidarity of the community have brought. The core arguments of the paper are associated with analysis of the reprezentation of the body, the DNA, the genom in the connecting with the legitimization of ethnic or national bordelines identification.