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ERIC Number: EJ784629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Mixed Race: Understanding Difference in the Genome Era
Phillips, Elizabeth M.; Odunlami, Adebola O.; Bonham, Vence L.
Social Forces, v86 n2 p795-820 Dec 2007
This article presents the findings of a qualitative study of multiracial individuals' understanding of identity, race and human genetic variation. The debate regarding the correlation between race, genetics and disease has expanded, but limited empirical data has been collected regarding the lay public's perspective. Participants in this study explore their identity and its relationships to their health care interactions. Participants also share their views on race-based therapeutics, health disparities and the connections between race, ancestry and genetics. Their voices highlight the limitations of racial categories in describing differences within our increasingly diverse communities. The genomic era will be a pivotal period in challenging current understandings and uses of racial categories in health. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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