Genetic kinship

  title={Genetic kinship},
  author={Catherine Nash},
  journal={Cultural Studies},
  pages={1 - 33}
  • C. Nash
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Cultural Studies
The recent marketing of new genetic tests for popular genealogy is one significant interface between the science of new genetics and public culture in the West. These new commodities offer to situate individuals within global patterns of human genetic diversity, locate genetic origins and sort out true biological relatedness from practised kinship. Taking two cases of recent attempts to popularize genetic tests in popular genealogy, this paper considers how ideas of gender, reproduction, nation… 
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