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dc.contributor.creatorScully, Marc
dc.contributor.creatorBrown, Steven D.
dc.contributor.creatorKing, Turi
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-10T11:06:56Z
dc.date.available2018-10-10T11:06:56Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationScully, M.D., Brown, S.D. and King, T., 2016. Becoming a Viking: DNA testing, genetic ancestry and placeholder identity. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39 (2), pp.162-180. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1105991en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10395/2242
dc.descriptionBecoming a Viking: DNA Testing, genetic ancestry and placeholder identityen_US
dc.description.abstractA consensus has developed among social and biological scientists around the problematic nature of genetic ancestry testing, specifically that its popularity will lead to greater genetic essentialism in social identities. Many of these arguments assume a relatively uncritical engagement with DNA, under ‘high-stakes’ conditions. We suggest that in a biosocial society, more pervasive ‘low-stakes’ engagement is more likely. Through qualitative interviews with participants in a study of the genetic legacy of the Vikings in Northern England, we investigate how genetic ancestry results are discursively worked through. The identities formed in ‘becoming a Viking’ through DNA are characterised by fluidity and reflexivity, rather than essentialism. DNA results are woven into a wider narrative of selfhood relating to the past, the value of which lies in its potential to be passed on within families. While not unproblematic, the relatively banal nature of such narratives within contemporary society is characteristic of the ‘biosociable’.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries39;2
dc.rights.urihttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01419870.2016.1105991?needAccess=trueen_US
dc.subjectPopular scienceen_US
dc.subjectBiosocialen_US
dc.subjectViking ancestryen_US
dc.subjectApplied genetic historyen_US
dc.subjectEssentialismen_US
dc.subjectIdentityen_US
dc.titleBecoming a Viking: DNA testing, genetic ancestry and placeholder identity (pre-print version)en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.supercollectionall_mic_researchen_US
dc.type.supercollectionmic_published_revieweden_US
dc.description.versionYesen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/01419870.2016.1105991


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