French Families, Paper Facts: Genetics, Writing, and Intimate Histories
Référence bibliographique 
Laven, Nina. 2010. «French Families, Paper Facts: Genetics, Writing, and Intimate Histories». Thèse de doctorat, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Departement of Anthropology.
Intentions : « This dissertation sheds light on the dynamics – of affect, history, memory, and bureaucracies – that shape and animate biogenetic explanations. » (p. v)
Échantillon/Matériau : « The dissertation builds on fine-grained fieldwork at genomic databases, genealogical registries, family history societies, and medical clinics in Quebec to illuminate the conceptions of family, heredity, and human difference–often intertwined–that are defining analytic boundaries and the acceptance and use of evidence within medical genetics. » (p. v)
Type de traitement des données : Analyse de contenu
« The dissertation focuses on the multiple trajectories of a particular form of medical genetic evidence, the Catholic Church vital record. The Catholic Church mandated personal data record-taking during the Counter Reformation and, as a result, historically Catholic European countries and their numerous African, Asian, and American colonies have some of the most comprehensive catalogues of historic birth and marriage information in the world. Geneticists and medical researchers in Quebec use these records to infer long durée family genealogies and then deduce the origins of ’French diseases’. The dissertation investigates the clinical, experimental, and historiographic rationales that sustain their genealogical conclusions and etiological explanations, as well as the rationales sustaining explanations of those who oppose them. The dissertation unearths the exigencies–from colonial French Church writing strictures to laboratory infrastructures–of how medical workers, genealogists, and people beyond the purview of health, medicine, and genealogy delineate families, risk, and race. In looking at how written cultures, colonial histories, family practices, and feelings about the past play a role in the production of genetic knowledge, the dissertation broadens the scope of traditional scholarly investigations of race and medicine. [...] This dissertation illustrates how diverse investments in ancestors and pragmatic choices about evidence also shape the styles of reasoning about family, heredity, and human groups that animate biogenetic worlds. » (p. v-vi)