Science and Struggle: Emerging Forms of Race and Activism in the Genomic Era

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Analysis of the activism of experts has ignored the way that scientists form their own overt field-based political struggles to effect change on issues such as race. This article analyzes genomic activism around race, drawing on in-depth interviews with thirty-six leading genomic scientists and discourse analysis of 732 scientific articles. I demonstrate how science activists can fashion themselves as social advocates, by using tactics common to popular politics. These tactics can diverge and detract from popular activism and reify deterministic notions of race. I discuss important theoretical and practical implications for science, social movements, and professions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-108
Number of pages23
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 13 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


  • field theory
  • genetics
  • genomics
  • race
  • scientific activism


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