Arranging marriage; Negotiating risk: Genetics and society in Qatar

Susie Kilshaw, Tasneem Al Raisi, Fouad AlShaban

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper considers how the globalized discourse of genetic risk in cousin marriage is shaped, informed and taken up in local moral worlds within the context of Qatar. This paper investigates the way Qataris are negotiating the discourse on genetics and risk. It is based on data from ongoing ethnographic research in Qatar and contributes to anthropological knowledge about this understudied country. Participants were ambivalent about genetic risks and often pointed to other theories of causation in relation to illness and disability. The discourse on genetic risk associated with marrying in the family was familiar, but for some participants the benefits of close marriage outweighed potential risks. Furthermore, the introduction of mandatory pre-marital screening gave participants confidence that risks were monitored and minimized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-113
Number of pages16
JournalAnthropology and Medicine
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2015

Fingerprint

Qatar
Negotiating
Marriage
marriage
discourse
Anthropology
Causality
Society
Genetic Risk
Discourse
illness
confidence
disability
Research

Keywords

  • beliefs
  • biomedicine
  • genetics
  • medical anthropology
  • Qatar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

Cite this

Arranging marriage; Negotiating risk : Genetics and society in Qatar. / Kilshaw, Susie; Al Raisi, Tasneem; AlShaban, Fouad.

In: Anthropology and Medicine, Vol. 22, No. 2, 04.05.2015, p. 98-113.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Kilshaw, Susie ; Al Raisi, Tasneem ; AlShaban, Fouad. / Arranging marriage; Negotiating risk : Genetics and society in Qatar. In: Anthropology and Medicine. 2015 ; Vol. 22, No. 2. pp. 98-113.
@article{fe9c78fe5d1b4a4bbcd8be025603e33c,
title = "Arranging marriage; Negotiating risk: Genetics and society in Qatar",
abstract = "This paper considers how the globalized discourse of genetic risk in cousin marriage is shaped, informed and taken up in local moral worlds within the context of Qatar. This paper investigates the way Qataris are negotiating the discourse on genetics and risk. It is based on data from ongoing ethnographic research in Qatar and contributes to anthropological knowledge about this understudied country. Participants were ambivalent about genetic risks and often pointed to other theories of causation in relation to illness and disability. The discourse on genetic risk associated with marrying in the family was familiar, but for some participants the benefits of close marriage outweighed potential risks. Furthermore, the introduction of mandatory pre-marital screening gave participants confidence that risks were monitored and minimized.",
keywords = "beliefs, biomedicine, genetics, medical anthropology, Qatar",
author = "Susie Kilshaw and {Al Raisi}, Tasneem and Fouad AlShaban",
year = "2015",
month = "5",
day = "4",
doi = "10.1080/13648470.2014.976542",
language = "English",
volume = "22",
pages = "98--113",
journal = "Anthropology and Medicine",
issn = "1364-8470",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Arranging marriage; Negotiating risk

T2 - Genetics and society in Qatar

AU - Kilshaw, Susie

AU - Al Raisi, Tasneem

AU - AlShaban, Fouad

PY - 2015/5/4

Y1 - 2015/5/4

N2 - This paper considers how the globalized discourse of genetic risk in cousin marriage is shaped, informed and taken up in local moral worlds within the context of Qatar. This paper investigates the way Qataris are negotiating the discourse on genetics and risk. It is based on data from ongoing ethnographic research in Qatar and contributes to anthropological knowledge about this understudied country. Participants were ambivalent about genetic risks and often pointed to other theories of causation in relation to illness and disability. The discourse on genetic risk associated with marrying in the family was familiar, but for some participants the benefits of close marriage outweighed potential risks. Furthermore, the introduction of mandatory pre-marital screening gave participants confidence that risks were monitored and minimized.

AB - This paper considers how the globalized discourse of genetic risk in cousin marriage is shaped, informed and taken up in local moral worlds within the context of Qatar. This paper investigates the way Qataris are negotiating the discourse on genetics and risk. It is based on data from ongoing ethnographic research in Qatar and contributes to anthropological knowledge about this understudied country. Participants were ambivalent about genetic risks and often pointed to other theories of causation in relation to illness and disability. The discourse on genetic risk associated with marrying in the family was familiar, but for some participants the benefits of close marriage outweighed potential risks. Furthermore, the introduction of mandatory pre-marital screening gave participants confidence that risks were monitored and minimized.

KW - beliefs

KW - biomedicine

KW - genetics

KW - medical anthropology

KW - Qatar

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84940448259&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84940448259&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/13648470.2014.976542

DO - 10.1080/13648470.2014.976542

M3 - Article

C2 - 25609185

AN - SCOPUS:84940448259

VL - 22

SP - 98

EP - 113

JO - Anthropology and Medicine

JF - Anthropology and Medicine

SN - 1364-8470

IS - 2

ER -