Racial Identities, Genetic Ancestry, and Health in South America: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and…

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

EditorSahra Gibbon, Mónica Sans, Ricardo Ventura Ventura Santos

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This unique edited collection brings together biologists, geneticists, and social and biological anthropologists to examine the connections between genetics, identity, and health in South America. It addresses a wide range of theoretical issues raised by the rapid changes in the field of genetic sciences. Contributors come from Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, the UK, and the United States, providing a comparative cultural perspective for scholars, researchers, and students.

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This unique edited collection brings together biologists, geneticists, and social and biological anthropologists to examine the connections between genetics, identity, and health in South America. It addresses a wide range of theoretical issues raised by the rapid changes in the field of genetic sciences. Contributors come from Brazil,...

Sahra Gibbon holds a Wellcome Trust University Award and works in the Anthropology Department at University College London. She has carried out research in the UK, Cuba, and Brazil and is the author of a number of monographs and articles examining the social and cultural context of developments in genetic knowledge and technology, inc...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.69 × 5.67 × 0.8 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230110614

ISBN - 13:9780230110618

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Foreword--Michael Montoya and Rayna Rapp * Introduction--Sahra Gibbon, Ricardo Ventura Santos and Mónica Sans * Part I: Inter-disciplinary research and the paradox of racial identity * Anthropology, race, and the dilemmas of identity in the age of genomics: A view from Brazil--Ricardo Ventura Santos and Marcos Chor Maio * Molecular vignettes of the Colombian nation: the place(s) of race and ethnicity in networks of biocapital--Carlos Andrés Barragán * The biological non-existence versus the social existence of human races: Can science instruct the social ethos?--Telma S. Birchal and Sérgio D.J. Pena * Part II: Genomics, genetic admixture and health in South America: Old and new opportunities and challenges * Admixture mapping and genetic technologies: Perspectives from Latin America--Bernardo Bertoni * Pharmacogenetics in the Brazilian population--G. Suarez-Kurtz * Strong association of socio-economic status with genetic ancestry in Latinos: Implications for admixture studies of type 2 diabetes--J.C. Florez, Alkes Price, et al. * Remembering or forgetting Mendel: Sickle cell anemia and racial politics in Brazil--Peter Fry * Part III: Genetics, history, nationhood and identity * Gene admixture analysis through genetic markers and genealogical data in a sample from the Buenos Aires metropolitan area--Francisco R. Carnese et al. * National identity, census data and genetics in Uruguay--Mónica Sans * Forced disappearance and suppression of identity of children in Argentina: Experiences in genetic identification--Victor B. Penchaszadeh

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"This is an exceedingly original, interesting, and very important work for anthropology. Its major strength is its conceptual sophistication and the potential to make a substantial, groundbreaking contribution in anthropology, science studies, and global health. This is bio-cultural anthropology at its best." - Jonathan Marks, Department of Anthropology, UNC-Charlotte"For those working in the field of medical/population genetics and bioethics in Brazil, this book is more than welcome. It raises sensitive issues daily present in our South American population, namely, the question of genetic admixture, its consequences for social and political life, and implications for health." - Lavínia Schüler-Faccini, Genetics Department, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and José Roberto Goldim, head of the Bioethics Division at the Hospital de Clinicas, Porto Alegre, Brasil