Genomics; Latin America; race mixture; obesity; epigenetics; racialization
We explore the discourses of Mexican scientists and doctors on genetics and obesity and how these relate to ideas about race, class and national identity. Drawing on interviews with geneticists and doctors treating obese children , the paper makes two contributions to the literature on race and medical science. First, although our data reveal familiar racializing tendencies among geneticists, a more nuanced view is needed, as medical doctors who are sceptical about genetic explanations nevertheless tend to racialize, using more environmental and cultural explanations, which adduce epigenetic mechanisms. Second, rather than focusing on minority groups, as in much literature on racialization and genetics, in Mexico ideas about racialized genetic (and cultural) ancestry also impinge on the majority “mestizo” (mixed-race) population, opening broader panoramas of racialized pathologization. These two factors represent an overall strengthening of discourses of race in Mexico and probably in much of Latin America.
Saldaña-Tejeda, Abril y Peter Wade. (2017). "Obesity, race and the indigenous origins of health risks among Mexican mestizos", ARTICLE HISTORY Received 2 January 2017; Accepted 7 November 2017.
Abril Saldaña-Tejeda y Peter Wade , “"Obesity, race and the indigenous origins of health risks among Mexican mestizos",” Red INTEGRA, consulta 22 de abril de 2019, http://biblioteca.redintegra.org/items/show/341.