TITLE

Looking forward, looking back: The narrative of testing positive to Huntington's Disease

AUTHOR(S)
Leontini, Rose
PUB. DATE
June 2006
SOURCE
Health Sociology Review;Jun2006, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p144
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Predictive testing for Huntington's Disease produces new subjectivities. In addition, receiving a gene-positive result induces new relationships towards one's body, close family members, and one's future. In this article I examine the story of one woman who, following a gene-positive test result, described her search for 'signs' of disease, as well as ways in which to accommodate her new 'status'. The narrative draws attention to how people who undergo a genetic test make sense of the anticipation of illness, how they experience the body in relation to that possibility, and how they negotiate the tension between the abstraction of genetic 'truths', and the materiality of a body.
ACCESSION #
22298319

 

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