Commentary: A sociologist's view on community genetics

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2010


  • Bioethics
  • Community genetics
  • Patients' organizations
  • Public health genetics
  • Sociology and anthropology of medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Genetics(clinical)


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