Identity, community and care in online accounts of hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome

Ross, E., Broer, T., Kerr, A. and Cunningham-Burley, S. (2018) Identity, community and care in online accounts of hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome. New Genetics and Society, 37(2), pp. 117-136. (doi: 10.1080/14636778.2018.1469974) (PMID:29875617) (PMCID:PMC5964445)

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Sociological literature has explored how shifts in the point at which individuals may be designated as diseased impact upon experiences of ill health. Research has shown that experiences of being genetically “at risk” are shaped by and shape familial relations, coping strategies, and new forms of biosociality. Less is known about how living with genetic risk is negotiated in the everyday and over time, and the wider forms of identity, communities and care this involves. This article explores these arrangements drawing on online bloggers’ accounts of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). We show how accounts of genetic risk co-exist with more palpable experiences of FAP in everyday life, notably the consequences of prophylactic surgeries. We consider how the act of blogging represents but also constitutes everyday experiences of hereditary cancer syndrome as simultaneously ordinary and exceptional, and reflect on the implications of our analysis for understanding experiences of genetic cancer risk.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant number: 104831/Z/14/Z].
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kerr, Professor Anne
Authors: Ross, E., Broer, T., Kerr, A., and Cunningham-Burley, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:New Genetics and Society
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9915
Published Online:02 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in New Genetics and Society 37(2): 117-136
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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