Making the Mexican Diabetic: Race, Science, and the Genetics of Inequality

Making the Mexican Diabetic: Race, Science, and the Genetics of Inequality

by Michael Montoya
     
 


Making the Mexican Diabetic presents a finely-honed ethnography. Montoya is particularly attuned to the sensitivity and conundrums surrounding the use of DNA drawn from a population at high risk of diabetes, and he makes a strong case for understanding the rational value behind this approach as well as its potential reinforcement of racialSee more details below

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Making the Mexican Diabetic presents a finely-honed ethnography. Montoya is particularly attuned to the sensitivity and conundrums surrounding the use of DNA drawn from a population at high risk of diabetes, and he makes a strong case for understanding the rational value behind this approach as well as its potential reinforcement of racial stereotypes. This is a unique and important book.”- Rayna Rapp, author of Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America

"This is a fascinating, broad-ranging, and fair-minded ethnography. In the best tradition of science studies, Montoya takes the scientific research seriously on its own terms. Yet he always brings us back to the sociopolitical context, including the tremendous conditions of inequality that Mexican immigrants encounter in the United States.” -Steven Epstein, Northwestern University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520267312
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/18/2011
Pages:
282
Sales rank:
617,837
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Montoya is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chicano/Latino Studies & Public Health at the University of California, Irvine.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xiii

Introduction: Situating Problems of Knowledge 1

1 Biological or Social: Allelic Variation and the Making of Race in Single Nucleotide Polymorphism-Based Research 40

2 Genes and Disease on the U.S.-Mexico Border: The Science of State Formation in Diabetes Research 69

3 Purity and Danger: When One Stands for Many 91

4 Collaboration and Power: Processing Cultures and Culturing Data 112

5 Recruiting Race: The Commodification of Mexicana/o Bodies from the U.S.-Mexico Border 140

6 Bioethnic Conscription 157

Conclusion Beyond Reductionism: Bioethnicity and the Genetics of Inequality 179

Epilogue 191

Glossary 193

Notes 199

Bibliography 223

Index 247

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