Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 4-21-2011

Keywords

ancestry, diversity, genetics, intrepretation, race

Disciplines

Biological and Physical Anthropology | Molecular Genetics

Abstract

Can any depiction of genetic relationships among humans allow simultaneously for similarity, diversity, ancestry, and admixture (i.e., groups that had split mixing again)? I asked this question while puzzling over the messages conveyed by diagrams from the work of Tishkoff and collaborators on genetic variation among humans in and out of Africa. In this talk I present explorations of alternative depictions of human genetic variation keeping my initial question in mind. By the end I will have prepared the ground for an assertion that the very methodology of generating and depicting human ancestry privileges a racialized view of human diversity.

Comments

(Some references have been updated since the original 2011 text.)

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