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Introduction Situating Problems of Knowledge

Michael J. Montoya

in Making the Mexican Diabetic

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267305
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267305.003.0001
Introduction Situating Problems of Knowledge

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This chapter addresses the ramifications of the use of genetics to think, talk, and solve the problems of type 2 diabetes. The politics of knowledge claims about diabetes is reported. Then, the chapter shows that something unique occurs when the embodied inflections of a natural or cultural assemblage such as “the Mexican diabetic” are studied, in which the materiality and meanings of the ethnic body and diabetes are freighted with structural violence and inequality. An outline of the problem of population labels is given. Moreover, the chapter elaborates the problem of race and of the racialization of Mexicanas/os as intimately linked to the political economy of the U.S.–Mexico border. An overview of the chapters included in the book is finally provided. The chapters generally investigate the use of populations and racial or ethnic labels in diabetes research to understand the relationship between genomic medicine and racial differentiation in U.S. society.

Keywords: type 2 diabetes; Mexican diabetic; population labels; race; racialization; political economy; U.S. society; Mexico; genomic medicine

Chapter.  15125 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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