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Durham University

Department of Anthropology


Publication details for Professor Yulia Egorova

Egorova, Y. (2007). Genetics and tradition as competing sources of knowledge of human history. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Author(s) from Durham


Recent genetic studies aiming to reconstruct the history of human migrations made a claim to be able to contribute to the writing of history. However, because such projects are closely linked to sociocultural ideas about the categorization of identity, race and ethnicity, they have raised a number of controversial cultural and political issues and are likely to have important potential socio-political consequences. Though some such studies played a positive role helping the researched communities to reaffirm their identity, other projects yielded results that contradicted local narratives of origin.