Introduction: Public health genomics-anthropological interventions in the quest for molecular medicine

Karen Sue Taussig, Sahra Elizabeth Gibbon

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Abstract

We introduce this special issue of Medial Anthropology Quarterly on public health genomics by exploring both the unique contribution of ethnographic sensibility that medical anthropologists bring to the study of genomics and some of the key insights offered by the essays in this collection. As anthropologists, we are concerned with the power dynamics and larger cultural commitments embedded in practices associated with public health. We seek to understand, first, the broad significance of genomics as a cultural object and, second, the social action set into motion as researchers seek to translate genomic knowledge and technology into public health benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-488
Number of pages18
JournalMedical Anthropology Quarterly
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Environment
  • Ethnography
  • Genomics
  • Public health
  • Race

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