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Race, Genealogy, and the Genomic Archive in Post-apartheid South Africa

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Schramm, Katharina:
Race, Genealogy, and the Genomic Archive in Post-apartheid South Africa.
In: Social Analysis. Vol. 65 (2021) Issue 4 . - pp. 49-69.
ISSN 1558-5727
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3167/sa.2021.650403

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From the early 2000s onward, scientists, politicians, and intel-lectuals have presented the South African gene pool as a new archive for the new nation, suggesting a non-racial unity in diversity through com-mon human origins. In this discourse, population genomics and genetic ancestry allude to metaphors of shared kinship to overcome the legacies of race. However, a focus on the underlying practices of measuring and classification reveals how the genomic archive is implicated in the his-tory of apartheid and its racialized subjectivities. Similarly, individual interpretations of genetic ancestry show that race is constantly brought forth in this archival process. The genomic archive interweaves measuring practices in the sciences with the politics of social and biographical experience—a relationship that is at the heart of genetic genealogies.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: archive; belonging; evidentiary practices; genetic ancestry testing; indicators; measuring; post-apartheid South Africa; race
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social and Cultural Anthropology > Chair Social and Cultural Anthropology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Katharina Schramm
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2022 08:16
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 08:16
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/69265