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Stories in the Genes : DNA in Family History Research

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dc.title Stories in the Genes : DNA in Family History Research en
ethesis.faculty Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta fi
ethesis.faculty Faculty of Social Sciences en
ethesis.faculty Statsvetenskapliga fakulteten sv
ethesis.faculty.URI Helsingin yliopisto fi University of Helsinki en Helsingfors universitet sv
dct.creator Lindström, Henna
dct.issued 2022 und
dct.abstract Has the arrival of widely available genealogical DNA testing changed the way we see kinship? Moreover, what do people mean when they say that they are interested in their roots? To approach these questions, I interviewed Finnish genealogy enthusiasts who had previously had their DNA tested. In this thesis, I describe how genealogists make sense of DNA by crafting what I call ancestral origin stories. Ancestral origin stories are narratives about the origin of the person. They explain the present by telling a story about the past. In Finland, ancestral origin stories are often stories about struggle and overcoming adversity. They focus on the parallels between the lives of one’s ancestors and one’s own life and make comparisons between the past and the present. Ancestral origin stories are also narratives about ancestral trauma. By crafting an origin story that traces the roots of misfortune to the past, one has the possibility of “breaking the cycle”: detecting a destructive pattern in the past so that one does not repeat it unknowingly. Just as importantly, ancestral origin stories celebrate the strength one’s ancestors had in the midst of life’s tragedies and struggles. en
dct.subject Genealogy
dct.subject Genetic Testing
dct.subject Identity
dct.subject Narratives
ethesis.language englanti fi
ethesis.language English en
ethesis.language engelska sv
ethesis.supervisor Green, Sarah
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu -tutkielmat fi
ethesis.thesistype master's thesis en
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu-avhandlingar sv
dct.identifier.ethesis E-thesisID:d46622f5-a870-4e7c-96dd-5bdf1b9f4c32
ethesis-internal.timestamp.reviewStep 2022-05-13 14:12:30:450
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:hulib-202206293047
dct.alternative Tarinat geeneissä : DNA sukututkimuksessa fi
ethesis.facultystudyline Sosiaali- ja kulttuuriantropologia fi
ethesis.facultystudyline Social and Cultural Anthropology en
ethesis.facultystudyline Social och kulturantropologi sv
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Yhteiskunnallisen muutoksen maisteriohjelma fi
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Master 's Programme in Society and Change en
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Magisterprogrammet för samhälle i förändring sv

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