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Entangled local biologies: genetic risk, bodies and inequities in Brazilian cancer genetics

Gibbon, SE; (2017) Entangled local biologies: genetic risk, bodies and inequities in Brazilian cancer genetics. Anthropology and Medicine , 2017 (2) pp. 174-188. 10.1080/13648470.2017.1326756. Green open access

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Abstract

Engaging recent social science work examining the truth making claims of science and biomedicine, this paper explores how biology is being localised in Brazilian cancer genetics. It draws from ethnographic fieldwork in urban regions of southern Brazil working with and alongside patients, families and practitioners in cancer genetic clinics. It examines how different sorts of ‘local biologies’ are articulated in the context of research, clinical practice and among implicated patient communities and the way these can ‘recursively’ move across different spheres and scales of social action to extend and transform the meaning of the biological. It shows how the mattering of the biological in Brazilian cancer genetics is fundamentally informed by questions of inequity and care, even while multiple local biologies may obscure rather than reveal the biopolitics of cancer. In an era of epigenetics this raises new opportunities and challenges for anthropological analysis as intervention.

Type: Article
Title: Entangled local biologies: genetic risk, bodies and inequities in Brazilian cancer genetics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2017.1326756
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/13648470.2017.1326756
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Genetics, Brazil, cancer, local biologies, inequalities
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/1569584
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