A social biology? Epistemic uncertainty and the social uses of social epigenetics

This project analyses how social epigenetics –the study of biological pathways through which social environments become embodied– modifies the analysis of the social determinants of health. It investigates the epistemic uncertainty and social uses of an emerging science which provides “biosocial” models for health: 1- Does social epigenetics socialize biological factors or does it biologize the social? Does it redefine the boundaries between the social and natural sciences? 2- Do professionals and policy-makers make use of research findings in epigenetics? Our methodology is mostly qualitative. It will be applied to the study of six research programs with policy implication, in Europe and in the United-States, which show the different scientific contexts and public health issues of social epigenetics.

Project funding: 
Institut Universitaire de France

About the project leader :

slouvel's picture Séverine Louvel

Je suis maîtresse de conférences en sociologie à Sciences Po, chercheuse au laboratoire PACTE et membre junior de l'Institut Universitaire de France depuis 2019. Depuis 2018, je suis chercheuse... plus