Indigenous blood and ethical regimes in the United States and Australia since the 1960s

Radin, Joanna and Kowal, Emma 2015, Indigenous blood and ethical regimes in the United States and Australia since the 1960s, American ethnologist, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 749-765, doi: 10.1111/amet.12168.

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Title Indigenous blood and ethical regimes in the United States and Australia since the 1960s
Author(s) Radin, Joanna
Kowal, EmmaORCID iD for Kowal, Emma
Journal name American ethnologist
Volume number 42
Issue number 4
Start page 749
End page 765
Total pages 17
Publisher American Anthropological Association
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2015-11
ISSN 0094-0496
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary Blood samples collected from members of indigenous communities in the mid-20th century by scientists interested in human variation remain frozen today in institutional repositories around the world. This article focuses on two such collections-one established and maintained in the United States and the other in Australia. Through historical and ethnographic analysis, we show how scientific knowledge about the human species and ethical knowledge about human experimentation are coproduced differently in each national context over time. Through a series of vignettes, we trace the attempts of scientists and indigenous people to assemble and reassemble blood samples, ethical regimes, human biological knowledge, and personhood. In including ourselves-a U.S. historian of science and an Australian anthropologist-in the narrative, we show how humanistic and social scientific analysis contributes to ongoing efforts to maintain indigenous samples. [indigenous, biospecimens, science, genomics, postcolonial, ethics, cryopreservation].
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/amet.12168
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
160808 Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, American Anthropological Association
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