Purity and Danger: <i>When One Stands for Many</i>

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:
Purity and Danger: When One Stands for Many

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This chapter presents the representations of diabetes as a racialized disease with the ideologies of research participation and humanitarian service found within the sampling apparatuses along the border. It is shown that a transnational protogenetic subject is crafted through the biological embodiment of Mexicana/o ethnicity as an admixed biological group. The chapter also explains the admixture–susceptibility matrix, and offers its resonance with contemporary and historical nativist impulses. The diabetes susceptibility haplotype transforms the conventional epidemiological concern for predicting which persons will become ill to predicting who is an ill person. The chapter demonstrates that while the ideology of diabetes science may interpellate Mexicanas/os into state subjects, it does so by naturalizing a particular social order. Locating diabetes within Mexicana/o ethnoracial admixture cleaves both Mexicanness and the illness called diabetes from the social histories that produced the ethnic label and the socially embodied conditions which contribute to the disease.

Keywords: diabetes; Mexicana; Mexicano; ethnicity; admixture–susceptibility matrix; haplotype; social order; Mexicanness

Chapter.  8290 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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