Who is a “Real American”?

In America, you don’t get to decide what race you are. It is decided for you. Barack Obama, looking as he does, would have had to sit at the back of the bus fifty years ago. If a random black guy commits a crime today, Barack Obama could be stopped and questioned for fitting theContinue reading “Who is a “Real American”?”

Genetic Inequality: Commodification and Social Disease

Last week I looked at Jonathan Khan’s Race in a Bottle. I briefly mentioned Michael Montoya’s work Making the Mexican Diabetic: Race, Science, and the Genetics of Inequality. I recommend this book as it is a powerful piece that explores the politics and ethics of the diabetic research process. The racialization of disease in medical research is dangerous.Continue reading “Genetic Inequality: Commodification and Social Disease”

The Narrative of Race: Simplification and Biologization in Biomedicine and Pharmacology

Science is not separate from the system. There is a structure and a narrative within which science is embedded; failure to recognize that science does not always possess an inherent infallibility and objectivity is lethal.

The Toxicity of Disease Categories & The Politics of Diagnosis

Disease categories exist within the field of medicine. The formation of categories place patients into tightly-labeled, assumption-riddled boxes. The categorization of disease, and as a result of patients, in many instances, disrupts quality of care and medical efficiency. It is important to recognize the history and historicity of disease categories, and the social factors thatContinue reading “The Toxicity of Disease Categories & The Politics of Diagnosis”

An American Dilemma

“The walling off of Negroes from equal education is part of the historical design to submerge him in second-class status. Therefore, as Negroes have struggled to be free, they have had to fight for the opportunity for a decent education….”  – Martin Luther King, Jr. March 14, 1964 (King, 1964)             There is an arrayContinue reading “An American Dilemma”

A Changing Biopower: The Impact on Social Constructs and Medicine

My dissertation combines biopower with intersectionality theory to better understand the potential impacts of behavior genetics research on education outcomes on the ways in which teachers understand student ability and achievement. But what is biopower? I set out to try and explain it by focusing on the seminal work of Paul Rabinow and Nikolas Rose.Continue reading “A Changing Biopower: The Impact on Social Constructs and Medicine”

The Search for Truth: Rootings in the Culturally and Genetically Meaningful

I wrote this literature review a while ago, but came across it again and was reminded of the plethora of literature out discussing how the post-genomic era has reinscribed race.   Nadia Abu El-Haj’s works The Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology and “The Genetic Reinscription of Race” mapContinue reading “The Search for Truth: Rootings in the Culturally and Genetically Meaningful”