This workshop examines anthropological approaches to understanding the impact of new genetic knowledge, particularly knowledge of genetic disorders, on families and societies from various cultural backgrounds.
The growth of new genetic knowledge and the associated technologies and health interventions have opened up a substantial, new field for anthropological research. How is this new knowledge mediated by existing cultural and individual understandings of genetics and inheritance? How do families make sense of genetic disorder and its transmission and what impact does this have on their behaviour? How are new genetic technologies understood, negotiated and used? The convenors have an interest in South Asian populations in the UK and in South Asia but would welcome papers relating to other patient groups in Europe or elsewhere.