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Genetic Communities and the Boundaries of Belonging

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The chapter asks what kinds of communities emerge from the temporal dynamics of population genetic belonging. The chapter theorizes and problematizes the connection between population and community. It examines the different ways in which the ambiguous connection between population and community is mobilized in commercial genetic ancestry tests, European evolutionary history, the idea of unique Finnish genetic inheritance, and public debates about migration and multiculturalism. The chapter shows how the boundaries between region, nation, and continent are products of technological practice, including adjustments of evolutionary temporality, and how different population genetic practices produce changing patterns of difference and sameness. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the ambiguous connection between politics and population genetic belonging.

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  1. 1.Helsinki Collegium for Advanced StudiesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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