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Research and Markets: Stalinist Genetics: The Constitutional Rhetoric of T. D. Lysenko.

DUBLIN -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2b5737/stalinist_genetics) has announced the addition of the "Stalinist Genetics: The Constitutional Rhetoric of T. D. Lysenko" book to their offering.

Stalinist Genetics: The Constitutional Rhetoric of T. D. Lysenko focuses on the rhetoric of T. D. Lysenko, the founder of an agrobiological doctrine (Lysenkoism) in the Stalinist Soviet Union. Using not only scientific but also political and ideological arguments, Lysenko achieved an official ban on Soviet Mendelian genetics. Though the ban was brief and Lysenkoism, as a leading biological doctrine, was eventually deposed in favour of Mendelism, Lysenkoism remains a paradigmatic example of pernicious political interference in science.

In this study, the critical orientation for reading Lysenko's major speeches is constitutional rhetoric. It combines Kenneth Burke's dialectic of constitutions and rhetoric of the subject. Painting a nuanced picture of intellectual, economic, ideological, and political life in the Soviet Union of the 1930s and 1940s, the book demonstrates how the rhetorics of Lysenkoism and Mendelism interacted with Stalinist culture in the fight for dominating Soviet science. The reader will learn how Lysenko's constitutional rhetoric created a space where scientific terms transformed into political and ideological ones, and vice versa. Contrary to Lysenko's intentions, his language gave his opponents, Soviet Mendelians, grounds on which to defend their science and criticize Lysenkoism.

Intended Audience:

* Scholars in rhetoric, history, and philosophy of science

* Graduate or upper-division undergraduate course in the rhetoric of science or technical communication.

Key Topics Covered:

* Literature Review: Contradictions in Lysenkoism

* Critical Methodology

* Context of Lysenko's 1936 and 1948 VASKhNIL Speeches

* Constitutional Rhetoric in Lysenko's 1936 VASKhNIL Speech: Calling for the Enemy

* Constitutional Rhetoric in Lysenko's 1936 VASKhNIL Speech: Dance of Ambiguity

* Constitutional Rhetoric in Lysenko's 1948 Address to VASKhNIL: Laying Common Grounds for the Debate with the Geneticists

* Constitutional Rhetoric in Lysenko's 1948 Address to VASKhNIL: Geneticists' Use of Lysenko's Terms

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