Recasting race: Science, politics, and group-making in the postcolony

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This chapter deprovincializes science by examining genomic sovereignty beyond the US context. Genomics research presents different elements of appeal to different groups of people. Future medical benefits as a result of genomics research are anticipated in India as well as Mexico. Both nations are composed of geographically clustered subgroups, and researchers reason that it would be beneficial to analyze each group’s genetic makeup for possible differences between them. In bioethnic markets, human bodies are classified into biologically meaningful subgroups rather than as individuals or as a part of the human species as a whole. Some nations, such as Mexico, have chosen to prevent foreign researchers from gaining access to their citizens’ genetic material, keeping the knowledge within their borders, while others release the information to other countries, contributing to an international effort to map populations’ genetic material around the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReconsidering Race
Subtitle of host publicationSocial Science Perspectives on Racial Categories in the Age of Genomics
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780190465285
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Bioethnic markets
  • Genetic materials
  • Genomic sovereignty
  • Genomics research
  • India
  • Mexico


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