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Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History

Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History


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ISBN-13: 9780813552552
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Series: Rutgers Studies on Race and Ethnicity
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 975,161
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

KEITH WAILOO is the Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the author or editor of several books, including Katrina’s Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America (Rutgers University Press), How Cancer Crossed the Color Line, and Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health.

ALONDRA NELSON is an associate professor of sociology at Columbia University. She is the author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination and coeditor of Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life.

CATHERINE LEE is an assistant professor of sociology and a faculty associate at the Institute for Health at Rutgers University. She is completing a book entitled Fictive Kin: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race in Immigration Policy.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Genetic Claims and the Unsettled Past

Part I: History, Race, and the Genome Era

1. Who Am I? Genes and the Problem of Historical Identity
2. Reconciliation Projects: From Kinship to Justice
3. The Unspoken Significance of Gender in Constructing Kinship, Race, and Nation

Part II: Decoding the Genomic Age

4. A Biologist's Perspective on DNA and Race in the Genomics Era
5. The Dilemma of Classification: The Past in the Present
6. The Informationalization of Race: Communication, Databases, and the Digital Coding of the Genome
7. Forensic DNA Phenotyping: Continuity and Change in the History of Race, Genetics, and Policing
8. Forensic DNA and the Inertial Power of Race in American Legal Practice
9. Making History via DNA, Making DNA from History: Deconstructing the Race-Disease Connection in Admixture Mapping
10. Waiting on the Promise of Prescribing Precision: Race in the Era of Pharmacogenomics

Part III: Stories Told in Blood

11. French Families, Paper Facts: Genetics, Nation, and Explanation
12. Categorization, Census, and Multiculturalism: Molecular Politics and the Material of Nation
13. "It's a Living History, Told by the Real Survivors of the Times--DNA": Anthropological Genetics in the Tradition of Biology as Applied History
14. Cells, Genes, and Stories: HeLa's Journey from Labs to Literature
15. The Case of the Genetic Ancestor
16. Making Sense of Genetics, Culture, and History: A Case Study of a Native Youth Education Program
17. Humanitarian DNA Identification in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Conclusions: The Unsettled Past

18. Forbidden or Forsaken? The (Mis)Use of a Forbidden Knowledge Argument in Research on Race, DNA, and Disease
19. Genetic Claims and Credibility: Revisiting History and Remaking Race


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