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dc.contributor.authorFullwiley, Duana C.
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-06T19:43:18Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationFullwiley, Duana. 2010. Revaluating genetic causation: Biology, economy, and kinship in Dakar, Senegal. American Ethnologist 37(4): 638–661.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0094-0496en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:5125275
dc.description.abstractIn this article, I call for enlarging the conceptual terrain for viewing local biological expressions of illness. To date, a specific DNA sequence pattern, called “the Senegalese sickle cell haplotype,” has enjoyed extraordinary purchase on explanations for why Senegalese people may live with a “milder” form of sickle cell anemia when compared with other African populations. I argue, however, that “mild sickle cell” in Senegal emerges as a lived construct through a constitutive bond of biology, economy, and kinship. I show how patients’ enactments of biological difference are situated within larger informal economies and North–South donor priorities for health. In the absence of state funding to address patients’ needs, Senegalese sicklers create networks of care, health, and normalcy by drawing on Wolof idioms of “shared blood” that come to life in ways beyond metaphor. Their biosocial kinships result in therapeutic economies that restructure valuations of sickle cell despite serious medical constraints in this global context.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAnthropologyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherAmerican Anthropological Associationen_US
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1111/j.1548-1425.2010.01276.xen_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://scholar.harvard.edu/fullwiley/files/americanethnologist.fullwiley2010.pdfen_US
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dc.subjectbiosocialityen_US
dc.subjectgenetic causationen_US
dc.subjectinformal economiesen_US
dc.subjectkinshipen_US
dc.subjectSenegalen_US
dc.subjectsickle cellen_US
dc.subjecttherapeutic economiesen_US
dc.titleRevaluating Genetic Causation: Biology, Economy, and Kinship in Dakar, Senegalen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden_US
dc.relation.journalAmerican Ethnologisten_US
dash.depositing.authorFullwiley, Duana C.
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1548-1425.2010.01276.x*
dash.contributor.affiliatedFullwiley, Duana


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