Genetic Citizenship

Deborah Heath, Rayna Rapp, Karen Sue Taussig

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This chapter examines the dispersed power relations and cultural-technical alliances that characterize the geneticization of contemporary science and social life. Illustrated with examples from our multi-site fieldwork on genetic knowledge production, our analysis draws on insights from science studies, feminist scholarship and queer theory, disability studies, and ongoing discussions of emergent forms of citizenship. Within a technically mediated public sphere, identities and alliances are transformed, calling into question the distinction between the subjects and objects of scientific inquiry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Anthropology of Politics
EditorsD Nugent, J Vincent
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780631229728
StatePublished - Mar 17 2008


  • Bioinformatics
  • Feminist science
  • Genetic citizenship
  • Human differences
  • Social analysis


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