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Genealogy 2018, 2(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy2010008

Constructing Masculinity through Genetic Legacies: Family Histories, Y-Chromosomes, and “Viking Identities”

Department of Psychology, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick V94 VN26, Ireland
Received: 16 November 2017 / Revised: 20 January 2018 / Accepted: 30 January 2018 / Published: 9 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Genetic Genealogy)
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Abstract

The contemporary popularity of genetic genealogy has been accompanied by concerns about its potential reifying of identity. This has referred in particular to ethnicity, but also to gender, with fears that looking at the past through the lens of popular genetics reinforces patriarchal views of the family and traditional heteronormative understandings of masculinity and femininity. This study investigates whether such understandings are drawn upon by male participants in a population genetics study. Discursive analysis of 128 responses to a participant motivation survey and 18 follow-up interviews explores how participants construct masculinity when discussing genetics and their own family history. It is argued that while there is some evidence for the “patriarchal” argument, a subtler form of masculine legacy creation and maintenance is the primary narrative. View Full-Text
Keywords: genetic genealogy; masculinity; family history; popular history; social psychology; identity genetic genealogy; masculinity; family history; popular history; social psychology; identity
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Scully, M. Constructing Masculinity through Genetic Legacies: Family Histories, Y-Chromosomes, and “Viking Identities”. Genealogy 2018, 2, 8.

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