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Social, Cultural and Religious Issues Related to Genetic Diseases Among the Bangladeshis in the UK


Rozario, S and Gilliat-Ray, S, Social, Cultural and Religious Issues Related to Genetic Diseases Among the Bangladeshis in the UK, Genomics and Health in the Developing World, Oxford University Press, D Kumar (ed), New York, pp. 1456-1467. ISBN 9780195374759 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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In order to make sense of how British Bangladeshis respond to and cope with genetic disorder and associated medical illness, we need to understand Bangladeshi social, cultural, and religious life in its British context. In this interconnected global village, it is not only science, technologies, or commodities that travel across the many national boundaries, but also ideas, values, and religion. Thus to talk of one culture being clearly distinct from another culture is na·ive, to say the least (Clarke & Parsons 1997:1).

The cultural and religious values that influence British Bangladeshis in relation to genetics are therefore fluid and complex. Minimally, one needs to bear in mind the transnational nature of British Bangladeshi families· and the strong familial ties they maintain with their relatives in Sylhet, where most of the Bangladeshi migrants come from. Through these ongoing ties, Bangladesh impacts directly on their own beliefs, values, and culture in general.

The chapter provides an overview on the British Bangladeshis, followed by their ideas about illness including beliefs about spirit causation (upri, bhut, nazar). We then discuss the British Bangladeshis and the Islamic position on genetics, followed by the various misunderstandings and confUsion about genetics on the part of our interviewees.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Social and cultural anthropology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Rozario, S (Dr Santi Rozario)
ID Code:80031
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-10-17
Last Modified:2016-11-03

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