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‘Race’ as a Social Construction in Genetics

Smart, A, Tutton, R, Martin, P and Ellison, G (2012) '‘Race’ as a Social Construction in Genetics.' In: Schramm, K, Skinner, D and Rottenburg, R, eds. Identity politics and the New Genetics: Re/creating categories of difference and belonging. Studies of the Biosocial Society (6). Berghahn, New York. ISBN 9780857452535

Abstract

Racial and ethnic categories have appeared in recent scientific work in novel ways and in relation to a variety of disciplines: medicine, forensics, population genetics and also developments in popular genealogy. Once again, biology is foregrounded in the discussion of human identity. Of particular importance is the preoccupation with origins and personal discovery and the increasing use of racial and ethnic categories in social policy. This new genetic knowledge, expressed in technology and practice, has the potential to disrupt how race and ethnicity are debated, managed and lived. As such, this volume investigates the ways in which existing social categories are both maintained and transformed at the intersection of the natural (sciences) and the cultural (politics). The contributors include medical researchers, anthropologists, historians of science and sociologists of race relations; together, they explore the new and challenging landscape where biology becomes the stuff of identity.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: Race. Genetics, Population. Continental Population Groups — genetics. Ethnic Groups — genetics.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 12:32
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 14:11
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