Bio-genetics and gender in the construction of the paternity intentionality: ADN testing in the judicial investigations of paternity

Helena Machado, Susana Silva, Susana Costa, Diana Miranda

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Abstract

Este artigo aborda as modalidades de intencionalidade da paternidade construídas por mulheres e homens que realizaram testes de DNA ordenados por tribunais, em Portugal, para apuramento da paternidade biológica de crianças sem 'pai oficial'. Partindo de uma perspectiva feminista, analisa-se o impacto das ideologias de género na mediação da intenção de desempenhar o papel de pai, na negociação de relações de parentesco e nos processos sociais e morais de classificação e hierarquização dos indivíduos. Conclui-se que a incorporação do conhecimento do resultado do teste de DNA nas práticas quotidianas de homens e mulheres constitui uma co-produção complexa entre as relações sociais de género, a cultura, a tecnologia e o sistema jurídico.
This article focuses on the modes of intentionality of paternity constructed by women
and men who went through the process of DNA paternity testing by a court order, in Portugal, in the
context of paternity investigations of children without an “official father”. Drawing from a feminist
perspective, we analyse the impact of gender ideologies on the mediation of the intention to
perform the role of the father, the negotiation of kinship relations and the social and moral
processes of individuals’ classification and hierarchization. We conclude that the incorporation
of the knowledge ensuing from the result of the DNA test in the daily practices of men and women
constitutes a complex co-construction between social relations of gender, culture, technology
and law.
Translated title of the contributionBio-genetics and gender in the construction of the paternity intentionality: ADN testing in the judicial investigations of paternity
Original languagePortuguese
Article number392
JournalEstudos Feministas
Volume19
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

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