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

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. ISSN 1463-6778.

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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

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Harshad Keval
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 16:27
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2015 13:13
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13929

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