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Professional constructions of family and kinship in medical genetics

Atkinson, Paul Anthony, Parsons, Evelyn Patricia and Featherstone, Katie 2001. Professional constructions of family and kinship in medical genetics. New Genetics and Society 20 (1) , pp. 5-24. 10.1080/14636770125617

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Abstract

Based on a period of ethnographic fieldwork among geneticists, the paper explores how clinicians and scientists construct families as objects of discourse. It documents how the family is constructed as a social object and as a set of biological relationships. The professional work of geneticists thus traverses the boundaries of the natural and the social. The pedigree, or family tree, is a boundary object between those two discursive domains.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles
ISSN: 1463-6778
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 16:14
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/10957

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