Risky cultures to risky genes: the racialised discursive construction of south Asian genetic diabetes risk

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Keval, H. 2015. Risky cultures to risky genes: the racialised discursive construction of south Asian genetic diabetes risk. New Genetics and Society. 34 (3), pp. 274-293. https://doi.org/10.1080/14636778.2015.1036155
AuthorsKeval, H.
Abstract

Type 2 diabetes within UK South Asian populations has increasingly become the focus of health science discourse. Growing rates across the globe have been a public health concern for a number of decades. Diabetes discourse has focused on lifestyle and a generalized idea of “cultural” factors as contributory factors.
These have become part of what I identify as a South Asian diabetes “riskpackage.” This risk formulation is extended to an additional genetic discourse which generates new causal explanations for this heightened “risk.” South Asian groups are already the subject of discursive, racialized risk constructions, which positions them as active owners of “risky culture.” The mobilization of genetic arguments repositions them as additionally passive owners of “risky genes.” I argue that the use of racial categories in genetic diabetes science, despite the relative uncertainty and ambiguity

Year2015
JournalNew Genetics and Society
Journal citation34 (3), pp. 274-293
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1463-6778
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14636778.2015.1036155
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Print05 May 2015
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Deposited03 Nov 2015
Accepted25 Mar 2015
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