Socio-Genomic Research Using Genome-Wide Molecular Data

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

29 Scopus citations

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-299
Number of pages25
JournalAnnual Review of Sociology
Volume42
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 30 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Assortative mating
  • Behavior genetics
  • Biosociology
  • Race
  • Social stratification
  • Socio-genomics

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Socio-Genomic Research Using Genome-Wide Molecular Data'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this