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The Social Construction of Genetic Identities: A research note

By H. van Wietmarschen, J.P. Jongerden and G.T.P. Ruivenkamp


This article is written as a research note, aiming to explore some contentious issues related to the emergence of genetic testing and the production of genetic knowledge. Adhering to the idea of a social construction of technology, the article discusses the co-evolution of social relations in health care and the emergence of new genetic testing procedures. Special attention is paid to the relationship between a convergence of technologies, resulting in the emergence of applied genomics, and the emergence of new identities, referred to as genetic identities. The article proposes to add to the idea of a social construction of technology that of a technical construction of society, identifying some major research questions and a methodology for researc

Year: 2006
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