Recruiting Race: <i>The Commodification of Mexicana/o Bodies from the U.S.-Mexico Border</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:
Recruiting Race: The Commodification of Mexicana/o Bodies from the U.S.-Mexico Border

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This chapter reviews the ways in which racialized DNA samples operate as value-generating cultural artifacts, and also explores the diabetes enterprise through three phases: (1) production (2) circulation, and (3) consumption of knowledge generally and race and ethnicity in particular. Then, it investigates the consequences of a scientific enterprise that fits the pattern of Anglo-Mexican relations in the U.S. Southwest over the past century and a half. Moreover, the chapter evaluates the ways that blood samples taken from racially marked populations operate within a regime of value production and are transformed into commodities. The standardization of the biovalues of DNA samples as occurs in the exchanges for an array of professional wealth shows how exchange is the source of the value of a sample. It is believed that the context of DNA sampling does help explain the process of creating value.

Keywords: diabetes; DNA sampling; cultural artifacts; race; ethnicity; U.S. Southwest; blood

Chapter.  7100 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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