Territory, ancestry and descent: the politics of sickle cell disease.

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dc.contributor.author Carter, Bob
dc.contributor.author Dyson, Simon
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-09T14:59:54Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-09T14:59:54Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12-20
dc.identifier.citation Carter, B. and Dyson, S.M. (2011) Territory, ancestry and descent: the politics of sickle cell disease. Sociology, 45 (6) pp. 963-976. en
dc.identifier.issn 0038-0385
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/5492
dc.description.abstract Sociologists have long questioned the naturalness and stability of ‘ethnic groups’, suggesting that a concern with how they are socially constituted is more appropriate. However, the example of genetically based medical conditions appears to challenge this by suggesting that, in certain cases, ancestry, territorial affiliation and identity may be linked objectively by genetics. The article uses the example of sickle cell disease (SCD) to examine this claim. After reviewing the difficulties associated with notions of ethnicity, the article develops an account of how SCD came to be seen as an ‘ethnic disease’, and how it came to play a major role in the stabilization of particular forms of group identity. It concludes by emphasizing the need for a critical view of popular notions of territory and group identification. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Sage en
dc.subject ancestry en
dc.subject ethnicity en
dc.subject genetics en
dc.subject popular science en
dc.subject sickle cell en
dc.subject territory en
dc.title Territory, ancestry and descent: the politics of sickle cell disease. en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038511416159
dc.researchgroup Unit for the Social Study of Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell en
dc.researchgroup Mary Seacole Research Centre
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.ref2014.selected 1366719837_9110680002072_22_4

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