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Palgrave-MacMillan just released a new edited volume that reflects on the intersections of cultural and biological identity, health, and research agendas in South America, particularly focusing on Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay. The book, edited by Sahra Gibbon, Ricardo Ventura Santos and Mónica Sans, offers cross-cultural readings of the conceptual problems of population making in the areas of genetic ancestry and biomedicine, the political economy of health, the practice of bioethics, and the emergence of contested biological and cultural identities. The contributors in the volume represent different academic perspectives such as sociocultural and biological anthropology, science and technology studies, biology and human geneticists.

“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

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics features Kim TallBear’s piece on contemporary techno-scientific narratives of race and indigeneity. The author affirms that “In its quest to sample 100,000 “indigenous and traditional peoples,” the Genographic Project deploys five problematic narratives: (1) that “we are all African”; (2) that “genetic science can end racism”; (3) that “indigenous peoples are vanishing”; (4) that “we are all related”; and (5) that Genographic “collaborates” with indigenous peoples. In so doing, Genographic perpetuates much critiqued, yet longstanding notions of race and colonial scientific practice.”

Download below to read the full article:
TALLBEAR, Kim
(2007). “Narratives of race and indigeneity in the Genographic Project”. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 35(3): 412-424.

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