Mestizaje as a biopolitical project in Latin America has been recast in a genetic idiom, and Peter Wade’s analysis of genomics and multiculturalism offers a distinctive entry point to understand how long-standing racial narratives, nationhood, and sexuality have been entangled with liberal values and genetic science. The book sets itself to critically examine notions of science and technology studies, such as coproduction, in tandem with mestizaje (hybridity).

Conceptually, the book builds on pioneering academics dealing with genetics and race, such as Amade M’charek, among others. Wade deploys his vast knowledge of Latin America to delineate the absent-presence of race in genomics, and its uneven and sometimes counterintuitive links with multiculturalist claims. He brings together various years of collaborative and transnational research in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil to analyze in rich detail the tensions that the homogenizing narrative of mestizaje produces when faced with multicultural ideas and policies.

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