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Genetic diaspora, genetic return: Reviewing Nadia Abu El-Haj, The genealogical science. The search for Jewish origins and the politics of epistemology, University of Chicago Press, 2012
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3212-6965
2013 (English)In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, ISSN 1369-8486, E-ISSN 1879-2499, Vol. 44, no 3, 439-442 p.Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay reviews Nadia Abu El-Haj, The genealogical science. The search for Jewish origins and the politics of epistemology (Chicago, 2012), but also moves beyond the review format to contribute in its own right. Proceeding from Abu El-Haj’s historiography of past scientific investments in Jewish biological difference, as well as her outline of the contemporary research field of “Jewish genetic history”, this essay highlights four issues of wide concern brought out by her case. First, the powerful interplay of scientific and extra-scientific narratives in contemporary science. Second, the epistemological consequences of thinking inheritance in trees and lineages. Third, the limits of self-study in a comparative science such as human population genetics. And fourth, the longevity of the “Jewish question”, which continues to motivate the field.

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Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 44, no 3, 439-442 p.
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Population genetics, race, family trees, Jewish history, Israel, Palestine, religion and science.
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History of Sciences and Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-207951DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.05.007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-207951DiVA: diva2:650537
Available from: 2013-09-22 Created: 2013-09-22 Last updated: 2017-12-06

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