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dc.contributor.advisorBarnes, Linda L.en_US
dc.contributor.advisorLaird, Lance D.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSitter, Kailyn E.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-04T16:36:08Z
dc.date.available2020-12-04T16:36:08Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/41731
dc.description.abstractGenetic counselors (GCs) serve as health professionals who bridge the gap between patients and genetic medicine. Understanding the processes of genetic counselor enculturation and socialization gives a better picture of how these unique clinicians navigate the spaces between biomedical explanatory models and patient illness narratives, especially pertaining to how biomedicine has influenced how GCs experience the world and shape their professional and personal identities. In this two year-long study, I observed GCs, their students, faculty, patient presenters, and other guests of a genetic counselor training program (“GC Program”) to better understand the ways biomedical discourse is internalized and perpetuated through generations of students. Through semi-structured interviews, a free-listing exercise, and the analysis of applicant essays, I focus on how ritualized process leads to the experience of biomedically influenced periods of enculturation and socialization for GC students, applicants, and professionals who have graduated. I discuss how technology and materializing devices allow for the construction and interpretation of genetic identities closely tied to a counseling profession, which can either magnify the personal identities of its members or alienate those who feel as though they do not belong. The identities of genetic professionals force patients into ideal medical imaginaries; however genetic counselors set themselves apart from overlying biomedical structures as clinicians who defy norms to better take care of their patients. Last, I provide suggestions on how the field of genetic counseling can expand its interpretations of genetic citizenship and responsibility to broaden its reach and deepen its rich history of compassionate advocacy for its patients and members.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectCultural anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectEducationen_US
dc.subjectEnculturationen_US
dc.subjectGenetic counselingen_US
dc.subjectLiminoid identitiesen_US
dc.subjectProfessionalizationen_US
dc.subjectSocial justiceen_US
dc.titleHunting for zebras: the enculturation and socialization of genetic counselorsen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
dc.date.updated2020-11-29T05:01:52Z
etd.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineMedical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practiceen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0003-2023-953X


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