Risks in the Making: Travels in Life Insurance and Genetics

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Amsterdam University Press, 2007 - Social Science - 197 pages
In recent decades, insurance companies, scientists, and public officials have debated the potential use of genetic testing in insurance decisions. With Risks in the Making, Ine van Hoyweghen alters the terms of the debate, moving it from abstract, theoretical grounds to the question of how insurance companies actually work. Through an empirical ethnographic study of life insurance in Belgium, van Hoyweghen reveals fascinating and important details about insurance practices and risk management, underscoring the diversity of insurance markets, underwriting practices, and strategies.

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Ine van Hoyweghen is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Maastricht.

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