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Health, Ethnicity and Diabetes: Racialised Constructions of 'Risky' South Asian Bodies

Keval, Harshad

Authors

Harshad Keval



Abstract

This book explores the often contentious relationship between health, concepts of race and ethnicity, and the impact on South Asian groups. Using medical sociological and anthropological perspectives, it excavates racialised constructions of diabetes ‘risk’ within discourses, and highlights the contrasting counter narratives in people’s accounts of their everyday lives.
By identifying a number of components to the discursive, racialised construction of ‘risky’ South Asian bodies, this book problematises taken for granted understandings of culture, lifestyle and genetic risk. The mobilisation of these mechanisms in health science and interventions result in a racialising gaze, directed at groups already experiencing historically embedded race-related issues. The book situates these constructions of risk against the emergent, fluid and dynamic counter narratives to risk constructions. The new found momentum in genetic science is also critiqued in its formulation of racial-genetic risk, especially in the case of diabetes in South Asian groups, and is identified as perpetuating a series of racializing processes

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date May 18, 2016
Publication Date 2016-05
Deposit Date Feb 27, 2023
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 978-1-137-45702-8
DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-45703-5