Collaboration and Power: <i>Processing Cultures and Culturing Data</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:
Collaboration and Power: Processing Cultures and Culturing Data

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This chapter investigates the practices of collaborative data creation and sharing, and assesses them for the ways the bodies of DNA donors are made into objects for the research enterprise, beginning by situating data collection and the conversion of blood samples into genotypes. It argues that researchers develop, prepare, and narrate “good data sets,” which require that researchers perform what is called “articulation work.” Paul Rabinow's French DNA is an actor in the diabetes enterprise that required its influence. Gary's use of “Francois' book” brings to life the way science narratives, ethnographic or genetic, are multiple-layered texts with personal, scientific, and philosophical registers. The metaphors of powerful data afford an explanation of diabetes science that cognitively and perhaps politically requires the silencing of the ever-expanding population of Mexicanas/os and other poor populations with elevated risk of diabetes in the U.S.A. and elsewhere.

Keywords: collaborative data; DNA donors; data collection; genotypes; articulation work; French DNA; diabetes; U.S.A.

Chapter.  11464 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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