Is Race Still Socially Constructed? The Recent Controversy over Race and Medical Genetics

@inproceedings{Hartigan2008IsRS,
  title={Is Race Still Socially Constructed? The Recent Controversy over Race and Medical Genetics},
  author={John Hartigan},
  year={2008}
}
Abstract Current controversies in the field of genetics are provoking a reassessment of claims that race is socially constructed. Drawing upon Bruno Latour's model of how to analyse scientific controversy, this article argues that race is ‘gaining in reality’ in such a way that renders claims about its social construction tenuous and uncertain. Such claims can be seen as failing in two key regards. The first relates to changes in the way genetics is practised and promoted, which are undermining… CONTINUE READING

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