Penn Bioethics Seminar Series (PBS) | LaKisha T. David, PhD
12:00pm - 1:00pm • via Zoom
Evolving African Ethnic Identity and Recognizing Relatedness: An Exploration of Identity Development Among African Americans Using Genetic Genealogy to Find African Relatives
LaKisha T. David, PhD
Postdoctoral ELSI Fellow, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine
Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 12:00-1:00p Eastern
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Abstract: African Americans are using genetic genealogy to go beyond the vague estimates of ancestral ethnicities to identify African genetic matches. An African and African American genetic match engaging with one another as relatives presents an emerging situation that challenges our understanding of family identity and ethnic identity. While relatives from Africa share knowledge about their family history and ethnicity with African American genetic relatives, African Americans have new agents of socialization and new information to inform their family identity and ethnic identity. This study uses grounded theory methods to develop a substantial theory on family identity development and ethnic identity development among African Americans who engaged in social interactions with their African genetic relatives. Examining the collective experiences of the participants of this study, participants felt (1) a sense of lack in African ancestral history and (2) an evolving African ethnic identity while (3) recognizing relatedness, and (4) managing many emotions associated with the experience. New family forms are taking shape through emerging African transnational families inclusive of African Americans from the use of genetic genealogy which provides a new social context for family identity development and ethnic identity development for African American adults.
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