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The Truth about the Family: DNA Testing for Family Reunification

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DNA profiling technologies have become crucial elements of criminal investigations, immigration procedures and parental testing. They seem to provide definite answers whether a suspect has committed a crime or not, whether an immigrant originates from the country he claims to or whether persons applying for family reunification are indeed a biological family. Lynch et al. (2009) coined the term “truth machine” to describe this notion of forensic DNA testing. Using the case of DNA tests for family reunification, I will investigate how DNA technology is used to “verify” family relations and its impact on the concept of family. Today, many countries around the world have begun to use parental testing to establish biological relatedness in family reunification cases. Family reunification refers to the right of family members living abroad to join relatives who hold long-term residence permits in a given country. I will argue, that DNA kinship tests for immigration purposes establish and strengthen a nuclear family model. Family is mostly understood as a biological relation while social dimensions such as affections and the aspect of caring for each other are devaluated. This biological idea of family contradicts the more pluralistic concepts of family in western European countries, e.g. same sex partnerships or families with adopted children. The argument is based on interviews with representatives of NGOs and immigration authorities, lawyers specializing in family and immigration law, geneticists working in DNA laboratories and those applying for family reunification.
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Heinemann, Torsten. "The Truth about the Family: DNA Testing for Family Reunification" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel, Cleveland, OH, Nov 02, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518077_index.html>

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Heinemann, T. , 2011-11-02 "The Truth about the Family: DNA Testing for Family Reunification" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel, Cleveland, OH <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518077_index.html

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Abstract: DNA profiling technologies have become crucial elements of criminal investigations, immigration procedures and parental testing. They seem to provide definite answers whether a suspect has committed a crime or not, whether an immigrant originates from the country he claims to or whether persons applying for family reunification are indeed a biological family. Lynch et al. (2009) coined the term “truth machine” to describe this notion of forensic DNA testing. Using the case of DNA tests for family reunification, I will investigate how DNA technology is used to “verify” family relations and its impact on the concept of family. Today, many countries around the world have begun to use parental testing to establish biological relatedness in family reunification cases. Family reunification refers to the right of family members living abroad to join relatives who hold long-term residence permits in a given country. I will argue, that DNA kinship tests for immigration purposes establish and strengthen a nuclear family model. Family is mostly understood as a biological relation while social dimensions such as affections and the aspect of caring for each other are devaluated. This biological idea of family contradicts the more pluralistic concepts of family in western European countries, e.g. same sex partnerships or families with adopted children. The argument is based on interviews with representatives of NGOs and immigration authorities, lawyers specializing in family and immigration law, geneticists working in DNA laboratories and those applying for family reunification.


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