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Bridging Discussions of Human History: Ancestry DNA and New Roles for Africana Studies

Department of Communication Studies, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383, USA
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Genealogy 2018, 2(1), 5;
Received: 16 December 2017 / Revised: 15 January 2018 / Accepted: 17 January 2018 / Published: 22 January 2018
This paper explores how Africana Studies offer the opportunity for a new worldview that may supplant the assumption that Western history is history. It considers how new knowledge of the human migration bodes for the future of Africana Studies. It has the following research questions: (1) Does new ancestry data reveal or clarify African narratives that may have been missing or suppressed?; (2) What heritage do participants over- or under-predict?; (3) Do participants over-predict indigenous American heritage?; and (4) How is unexpected heritage received? Data from the DNA Discussion Project is used to answer these questions, and implications for bridging discussions of human history using Ancestry DNA are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: DNA; race; identity; Africana Studies DNA; race; identity; Africana Studies
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Lawton, B.L.; Foeman, A.; Surdel, N. Bridging Discussions of Human History: Ancestry DNA and New Roles for Africana Studies. Genealogy 2018, 2, 5.

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