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“Timely. . . . [Montoya’s] critique that race and ethnicity are socially constructed is well taken.”
(Bridget K. Gorman, Rice University American Jrnl Of Sociology 2013-01-22)

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Making the Mexican Diabetic presents a finely-honed ethnography. Montoya is particularly attuned to the sensitivity and conundrums surrounding the use of DNA drawn from a population at high risk of diabetes, and he makes a strong case for understanding the rational value behind this approach as well as its potential reinforcement of racial stereotypes. This is a unique and important book.”- Rayna Rapp, author of Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America

"This is a fascinating, broad-ranging, and fair-minded ethnography. In the best tradition of science studies, Montoya takes the scientific research seriously on its own terms. Yet he always brings us back to the sociopolitical context, including the tremendous conditions of inequality that Mexican immigrants encounter in the United States.” -Steven Epstein, Northwestern University



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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (March 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520267311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520267312
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Weismantel on April 3, 2013
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Mexican-Americans and other people of color in the U.S. are suffering from high rates of diabetes -- why? Is it genes, or is it poverty and racism? in this book, Latino anthropologist Michael Montoya talks about how and why medical researchers end up unintentionally re-inventing spurious racial categories in their research design. It's a complicated topic and this is not an easy read, but it's a good one.
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