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Kinscapes, timescapes and genescapes: families living with genetic risk

Atkinson, Paul Anthony, Featherstone, Katie and Gregory, Maggie 2013. Kinscapes, timescapes and genescapes: families living with genetic risk. Sociology of Health and Illness 35 (8) , pp. 1227-1241. 10.1111/1467-9566.12034

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This article synthesises recent research examining how families live with genetic risk and the processes of genetic decision-making and disclosure among family members who have been or are at risk of transmitting a familial genetic condition. Its aim is to generate substantive theory that can inform our understanding of the interactional processes at work in the distribution of mutual knowledge and awareness of genetic risk in families. The article is structured around three interrelated concepts. Kinscape refers to the constellation of relations and relatedness that are recognised practically; timescape to the multiple temporal frames of social relations and their transformation and genescape to the constellation of knowledge, belief and practice surrounding genetic inheritance. All three concepts are simultaneously natural and cultural. Their intersections create the conditions of kinship and genetics.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: kinship; genetic; time; risk
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0141-9889
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:28

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