Making up families : how DNA analysis does/does not verify relatedness in family reunification in Finland

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dc.contributor.author Tapaninen, Anna-Maria
dc.contributor.author Helen, Ilpo
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-08T13:32:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-08T13:32:01Z
dc.date.issued 2020-09
dc.identifier.citation Tapaninen , A-M & Helen , I 2020 , ' Making up families : how DNA analysis does/does not verify relatedness in family reunification in Finland ' , BioSocieties , vol. 15 , no. 3 , pp. 376-393 . https://doi.org/10.1057/s41292-019-00148-6
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/326156
dc.description.abstract This article examines the role of DNA testing in immigration management practices in which individuals and their kin relationships are modified as objects of investigation: defined, categorised and "made up" (Hacking in Historical ontology, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2002) as families. Analysis focuses on the interplay of documents (or lack thereof), narratives and DNA analysis that produces evidentiary facts and knowledge about migrants and, simultaneously, forges relationships between individuals, families and other collectives. Analysis of the Finnish administrative and legal data concerning family reunification shows that DNA testing does much more than just provide evidence of the existence of a genetic tie between alleged family members; testing can also be translated into proof of 'true' families or extended to test the credibility of the applicants. Via translations and extensions, the accuracy of DNA analysis is intertwined with the contingencies of decision-making in the context of immigration management. Related to this, the article demonstrates that DNA testing supports the process by which immigration authorities in the Global North constitute the family as contingent, indefinite and even arbitrary, rather than consolidating a clear and solid model of eligibility for family reunification. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof BioSocieties
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/closedAccess
dc.subject DNA testing
dc.subject Family reunification
dc.subject Immigration management
dc.subject Finland
dc.subject CITIZENSHIP
dc.subject NARRATIVES
dc.subject POLICIES
dc.subject AUSTRIA
dc.subject SCIENCE
dc.subject BORDER
dc.subject 5141 Sociology
dc.title Making up families : how DNA analysis does/does not verify relatedness in family reunification in Finland en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1057/s41292-019-00148-6
dc.relation.issn 1745-8552
dc.rights.accesslevel closedAccess
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