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Arranging marriage; negotiating risk: genetics and society in Qatar

Kilshaw, S; Al Raisi, T; Alshaban, F; (2015) Arranging marriage; negotiating risk: genetics and society in Qatar. Anthropology & Medicine , 22 (2) pp. 98-113. 10.1080/13648470.2014.976542. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper considers how the globalized discourse of genetic risk in cousin marriage is shaped, informed and taken up in local moral worlds within the context of Qatar. This paper investigates the way Qataris are negotiating the discourse on genetics and risk. It is based on data from ongoing ethnographic research in Qatar and contributes to anthropological knowledge about this understudied country. Participants were ambivalent about genetic risks and often pointed to other theories of causation in relation to illness and disability. The discourse on genetic risk associated with marrying in the family was familiar, but for some participants the benefits of close marriage outweighed potential risks. Furthermore, the introduction of mandatory pre-marital screening gave participants confidence that risks were monitored and minimized.

Type: Article
Title: Arranging marriage; negotiating risk: genetics and society in Qatar
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2014.976542
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13648470.2014.976542
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: genetics, beliefs, medical anthropology, Qatar, biomedicine
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071603
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