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Biomedical ambiguity: race, asthma, and the contested meaning of genetic research in the Caribbean

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Whitmarsh,Ian (Author)
Format:
Book, Whole
Publication Date:
2008
URL:
http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/9780801446863
Published:
Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press
ISBN:
9780801446863
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Barbados, Blacks, Anthropology, Social conditions, Health and hygiene, Asthma, Genetics
Notes:
225 p., Whitmarsh describes how he followed a team of genetic researchers to Barbados, where he did fieldwork among not only the researchers but also government officials, medical professionals, and the families being tested. Whitmarsh reveals how state officials and medical professionals make the international biomedical research part of state care, bundling together categories of disease populations, biological race, and asthma. He points to state and industry perceptions of mothers as medical caretakers in genetic research that proves to be inextricable from contested practices around nation, race, and family.