Socio-Genomic Research Using Genome-Wide Molecular Data

Posted: 15 Aug 2016

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Dalton Conley

New York University (NYU) - Department of Sociology; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

Recent advances in molecular genetics have provided social scientists with new tools with which to explore human behavior. By deploying genomic analysis, we can now explore long-term patterns of human migration and mating, explore the biological aspects of important sociological outcomes such as educational attainment, and, most importantly, model gene-by-environment interaction effects. The intuition motivating much socio-genomic research is that to have a more complete understanding of social life, scholars must take into consideration both nature and nurture as well as their interplay. Most promising is gene-by-environment research that deploys polygenic measures of genotype as a prism through which to refract and detect heterogenous treatment effects of plausibly exogenous environmental influences. This article reviews much recent work in this vein and argues for a broader integration of genomic data into social inquiry.

Suggested Citation

Conley, Dalton, Socio-Genomic Research Using Genome-Wide Molecular Data (July 2016). Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 42, pp. 275-299, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2822756 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-soc-081715-074316

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