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On Parrots and Thorns: Sri Lankan Perspectives on Genetics, Science and Personhood.

Simpson, B.

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Abstract

This paper addresses the issue of how the scientific discourse of genetics is expressed in local idioms. The examples used are taken from fieldwork conducted in Sri Lanka and relate principally to Sinhala Buddhist attempts to socialise `big science.' The paper explores idioms of both nature and nurture in local imagery and narratives and draws attention to the rhetorical dimensions of genetic discourses when used in context. The article concludes with a preliminary attempt to identify the ways in which explanations of genetic causality are aligned with notions of karma in the explanation of illness and misfortune.

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Simpson, B. (2007). On Parrots and Thorns: Sri Lankan Perspectives on Genetics, Science and Personhood. Health Care Analysis, 15(1), 41-49

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2007
Journal Health Care Analysis
Print ISSN 1065-3058
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 1
Pages 41-49
Keywords Genetics - Buddhism - Science
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1529944
Publisher URL http://www.springerlink.com/content/lk7ll207p7335141/