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Alternate roots : ethnicity, race, and identity in genealogy media

Author: Christine Scodari
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2018]
Series: Race, rhetoric, and media series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In recent years, the media has attributed the surge of people eagerly studying family trees to the aging of baby boomers, a sense of mortality, a proliferation of internet genealogy sites, and a growing pride in ethnicity. New genealogy-themed television series and internet-driven genetic ancestry testing services have also flourished, capitalizing on this new popularity and on the mapping of the human genome. But  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Scodari, Christine.
Alternate roots.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2018]
(DLC) 2017058298
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Scodari
ISBN: 9781496817822 1496817826
OCLC Number: 1019837473
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: genealogy today --
Unraveling genealogy culture --
Tubular genealogy I: race, ethnicity, and intersectional identities in family history television and related practices --
Tubular genealogy II: race, ethnicity, and intersectional identities in genealogy television migration narratives and related texts and practices --
Tubular genealogy III: identity and genetic ancestry in genealogy television and related texts and practices --
Tubular genealogy IV: identity and genetic ancestry in digital media and related texts and practices --
Loose ends, conclusions, and critical trajectories.
Series Title: Race, rhetoric, and media series.
Responsibility: Christine Scodari.

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Engages with genealogical texts and practices, such as the classic television miniseries Roots, DNA testing for genetic ancestry, Ancestry.com, and genealogy-related television series. Christine  Read more...

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