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Degrees of mixture, degrees of freedom : genomics, multiculturalism, and race in Latin America /
Peter Wade.
imprint
Durham : Duke University Press, 2017.
description
ix, 331 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
ISBN
0822363585, 0822363739, 9780822363583, 9780822363736, 9780822373070
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imprint
Durham : Duke University Press, 2017.
isbn
0822363585
0822363739
9780822363583
9780822363736
9780822373070
contents note
Purity and mixture in human population genetics -- From eugenics to blood types -- Changing practices -- Colombia, country of regions -- Brazil, race, and affirmative action -- Mexico, public health, and state genomics -- Genomics and multiculturalism : comparisons and continuities -- Gender, genealogy, and mestizaje -- The geneticization of race and diversity in everyday life.
abstract
Race mixture, or mestizaje, has played a critical role in the history, culture, and politics of Latin America. Peter Wade draws on a multidisciplinary research study in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia. He shows how Latin American elites and outside observers have emphasized mixture's democratizing potential, depicting it as a useful resource for addressing problems of racism (claiming that race mixture undoes racial difference and hierarchy), while Latin American scientists participate in this narrative with claims that genetic studies of mestizos can help isolate genetic contributors to diabetes and obesity and improve health for all. Wade argues that, in the process, genomics produces biologized versions of racialized difference within the nation and the region, but a comparative approach nuances the simple idea that highly racialized societies give rise to highly racialized genomics. Wade examines the tensions between mixture and purity, and between equality and hierarchy in liberal political orders, exploring how ideas and scientific data about genetic mixture are produced and circulate through complex networks.
catalogue key
11625508
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-313) and index.

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