This commentary illustrates and discusses potential research directions for sociologists and anthropologists interested in the field of community genetics and its emerging networks of individuals genetically at risk. Community genetics-the application of medical genetics in community settings for the benefit of individuals-also involves social issues of lay-professional misunderstandings (and more recently also the different perspectives of various expert communities), stigmatization, discrimination, and medicalization. Focusing on a socio-anthropological perspective regarding the views and disagreements surrounding the definition and scope of community genetics, I overview several epistemological, methodological, and practical contributions that such perspective can offer to the study of community genetics.
- Community genetics
- Patients' organizations
- Public health genetics
- Sociology and anthropology of medicine
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health