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Science, Sentiment and the State; community genetics and the pursuit of public health in Cuba

Gibbon, SE; (2013) Science, Sentiment and the State; community genetics and the pursuit of public health in Cuba. Special Edition of Medical Anthropology Quarterly - Public Health Genomics: Anthropological Interventions in the Quest for Molecular Medicine , 27 (4) pp. 531-549. 10.1111/maq.12056. Green open access

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Abstract

Contributing to an emerging field of social science literature by examining the translation of genomic medicine across global and transnational fields of research and medicine, this article examines how genetics is allied to public health in Cuba. It examines the sociopolitical and cultural discourses and practices that constitute community genetics or challenge or impede the translation and expansion of genomics as public health. Focusing on the experience of health practitioners, the article explores how their work is circumscribed by cultural values and social ideologies that collectively reveal an unexpected heterogeneity in how genetics is being constituted and reproduced. Although the Western quest for genomics as “personal medicine” is revealed here as both ideologically and practically problematic, such challenges paradoxically work to reinforce a commitment to maintaining the distinctive field of Cuban community genetics in its orientation to collective public health.

Type: Article
Title: Science, Sentiment and the State; community genetics and the pursuit of public health in Cuba
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/maq.12056
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/maq.12056
Additional information: © 2013 The Authors. Medical Anthropology Quarterly published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Anthropological Association. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: genomics; public health; Cuba; health professionals;
UCL classification: UCL
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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/1361368
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