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Professor Alison Shaw: Curriculum Vitae and Publications

Academic Qualifications


B.A. Human Sciences, University of Oxford 1979

D. Phil, Social Anthropology, University of Oxford 1984



2016                       Adjunct Professor, UCLA

2014                       Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford.
2004                       Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH),

                               University of Oxford.

1997-2004              Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Dept. of Human Sciences, Brunel University.

1997                       Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University.

1993-6                    Tutor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford.

1991-2                    Lecturer, Contemporary Issues in Anthropology, Goldsmith's College,
                              University of London.

1984-8                    Director, Asian Language Develop
ment Project, Oxfordshire Council for
                              Community Relations.


Shaw, A. and Raz, A. (eds.)  2015. Cousin marriages: between tradition, genetic risk and cultural change. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.


Shaw, A.  2009. Negotiating Risk: British Pakistani Experiences of Genetics. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.


Shaw, A. and Ardener, S. (eds.) 2005 Changing Sex and Bending Gender. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.


Shaw, A.  2000. Kinship and Continuity: Pakistani families in Britain. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Harwood Academic Publishers.


Shaw, A.  1991.  Teachers’ Guide, for Ralph Russell’s A New Course in Urdu and Spoken Hindi for learners in Britain. London: SOAS.


Shaw, A.  1989. Get by in Hindi and Urdu: a quick beginners’ course for work and travel.  London: BBC Books.


Shaw, A.  1988.  A Pakistani Community in Britain. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.


Bhatnagar, P., Shaw, A. and Foster, C. 2015. Generational differences in the
physical activity of UK South Asians: a systematic review.
International Journal of Behavioral
Nutrition and Physical Activity
, 12: 96. doi: 10.1186/s12966-015- 0255-8

Bhatnagar, P., Townsend, N.,
Shaw, A. and Foster,C. 2015. The physical
activity profiles of South Asian ethnic groups in England.
J Epidemiol Community Health.
doi:10.1136/jech-2015- 206455

Shaw, A. 2013. Rituals of infant death: defining life and Islamic personhood.

Bioethics. doi:10.1111bio.12047

Qureshi, K, Charsley, K and
Shaw, A. 2012. Marital instability among British
Pakistanis: transnationality, conjugalities and Islam.
J Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Shaw, A. 2011. Risk and reproductive decisions: British Pakistani couples’ responses to
genetic counseling.
Social Science and Medicine, 73:111-120. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.04.011

Shaw, A. 2011. "They say Islam has a solution for everything, so why are there no
guidelines for this?" Ethical dilemmas associated with the births and deaths of infants
with fatal abnormalities from a small sample of Pakistani Muslim couples in Britain.

Bioethics. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2011.01883.x

Shaw, A. and Hurst, J. 2009. "I don't see any point in telling them.": attitudes to sharing
genetic information in the family and carrier testing of relatives among British Pakistani adults
referred to a genetics clinic.
Ethnicity and Health, Vol. 14, no 2, pp. 205-224.

Shaw, A. and Hurst, J.A. 2008. "What is this genetics, anyway?": Understandings of
genetics, illness causality and inheritance among British Pakistani users of genetic
J. Genetic Counseling. 17 (4): 373-382.

Shaw, A. 2006. British Pakistani arranged transnational cousin marriages: critique,
dissent and cultural continuity.
Contemporary South Asia, Special issue: The British
South Asian Experience
, Guest Eds. J. Brown and I. Talbot, pp. 211-222.

Shaw, A. and Charsley, K. 2006.
Rishtas: adding emotion to strategy in understanding British
Pakistani transnational marriages,
Global Networks, 6, 4, 405-421.

Shaw, A. and Ahmed, M. 2004. Translating genetic information into languages other than
English: lessons from an assessment of Urdu leaflets.
Journal of Genetic Counseling, Kluwer
Academic/Human Sciences Press, Vol. 13, No. 4, August, pp. 321-342.

Shaw, A. 2003. Interpreting images: diagnostic skill in the genetics clinic.
Journal of the
Royal Anthropological Institute
(N.S.) Vol. 9, No 1, pp. 39-55.

Shaw, A., Latimer, J., Atkinson, P., and Featherstone, K. 2003 Surveying ‘slides’: clinical
perception and clinical judgment in the construction of a genetic diagnosis.
New Genetics and
, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 3-19.

Shaw, A. 2001. Kinship, cultural preference and immigration: consanguineous marriage
among British Pakistanis.
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 7, No 1, 315-
334. doi: 10.1111/1467-9655.00065

Charsley, K and
Shaw, A. 2006. South Asian Transnational Marriages in Comparative
Global Networks, 6, 4, 331-344.



Shaw, A. August 2016. Genetic Counselling for Muslim Families of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Origin in Britain. In: Encyclopia of Life Sciences, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005938.pub3


Shaw, A. 2015. 'Ethnic Communities, Professions and Practices', the Introduction to 'PartIII: ARTs and Professional Practice'; of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Third Phase:Global Encounters and Emerging Moral Worlds edited by R. Simpson and K. Hampshire. Oxford: Berghahn Books.


Shaw, A. 2014. Ethnic diversity in the UK: family forms and conjugality. Chapter 9 ofWiley-Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families edited by J. Treas, J. Scott and M. Richards. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd., pp.176-193.


Barber, R. and A. Shaw. 2013. Social aspects of using reproductive technology. Chapter 19 of K. Coward and D. Wells (eds.) Textbook of Clinical Embryology, Cambridge: C.U. P.


Shaw, A. 2013. Afterword, In: S. Rozario. Genetic Disorders and Islamic Identity amongBritish Bangladeshis. Durham, N.C: Carolina Academic Press. Ethnographic Studies in Medical Anthropology Series.


Shaw, A. and J. Hurst. 2012. Ideas about the causes of Inherited Illness among British Pakistani users of genetic services. In: Dhavendra, K. (ed.) Genomics and Health in the Developing World, Oxford University Press.


Harriss, K and A. Shaw. 2010. Migration, family and British social policy in the late 20th century: British Pakistani perspectives. In: Fink, J. and Lundqvist, Å. (eds.) Changing Relations of Welfare: Family, Gender and Migration in Britain and Scandinavia. Aldershot: Ashgate. [Earlier version published in Swedish, In: Fink, J. and Lundqvist, Å. (eds.) (2009) Välfärd, Genus och Familj, Malmö: Liber.]


Shaw, A. 2009 (September) Genetic Counselling for Muslim Families of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Origin in Britain. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd: Chichester doi:10.1002/9780470015902.a0005938.pub2

Harriss, K and A. Shaw. (2009) Kinship obligations, gender and the life course: re-writing migration from Pakistan to Britain, in V. Kalra (ed), Pakistani Diasporas: Culture, Conflict, and Change. Oxford University press, Karachi, pp. 105-128.


Shaw, A. 2007. ‘Pakistanier in Groβbritannien seit den 1950 edr Jahren’ Enzyklopä die Migration in Europe. Vom 17. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart. K. J. Bade, P. C. Emmer, L. Lucassen and J. Oltmer (eds.), Munich: Schöningh and Fink, 838-843.

Harriss, K. and A. Shaw. 2006. Family care and transnational kinship: British Pakistani experiences. Chapter 13 of Kinship Matters, F. Ebtehaj, M. Richards, B. Lindley, et al (eds.), Cambridge: Hart Publishers, 259-274.

Shaw, A. 2006. The contingency of the ‘genetic link’ in constructions of kinship andinheritance: an anthropological perspective. In: Freedom and Responsibility in Reproductive Choice, J. Spencer and A. Pedain (eds.), Cambridge: Hart Publishers, pp.73-90.


Shaw, A. 2005. Changing Sex and Bending Gender: An Introduction. Chapter 1 of Changing Sex and Bending Gender, Shaw, A. and Ardener, S. (eds.), Oxford/New York:Berghahn Books, 1-19.

Shaw, A. 2005. Is it a boy, or a girl? The challenges of genital ambiguity. Chapter 2 of Changing Sex and Bending Gender, Shaw, A. and Ardener, S. (eds.), Oxford:Berghahn, 20-38.


Shaw, A. 2005. British Pakistani elderly without children: an invisible minority. Chapter 7 of Ageing without Children: European and Asian perspectives on elderly access to support networks, P. Kreager and E. Shroeder-Butterfill (eds.), Oxford/NewYork, Berghahn Books, 198-222.


Shaw, A. 2004. Attitudes to genetic diagnosis and to the use of medical technologies in pregnancy: some British Pakistani perspectives, Chapter 1 of M. Unnithan-Kumar (ed), Reproductive Agency, Medicine and the State: Cultural Transformations in Childbearing. Oxford, Berghahn Books.


Shaw, A. 2003. Genetic counseling for Muslim families of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin in Britain. The Encyclopedia of the Human Genome, Nature Publishing Group, 762-766.


Shaw, A. 2003. Immigrant Families in the U.K, Chapter 16 of J. Treas (Univ. of California), J.Scott (Univ. of Cambridge), and M. Richards (Univ. of Cambridge) (eds.), Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 270-286.


Shaw, A. 2000. Conflicting models of risk: clinical genetics and British Pakistanis, In: Caplan,P. (ed.) Risk Revisited, London: Pluto Press, pp. 85-107.


Shaw, A. 1997. Women, the household and family ties: Pakistani migrants in Britain. In: Donnan, H and Selier, F. (eds.) Inside the household: family and gender in Pakistan. Delhi:Hindustan Press, chapter 6, pp. 132-155.

Shaw, A. 1994. The Pakistani Community in Oxford. In: Ballard, R. (ed.) Desh Pardesh: the South Asian presence in Britain. London: Hurst and Company, pp. 35-57.

Shaw, A. 1991. The making of a Pakistani community leader. In: S. Vertovec, (ed.) Aspects
of the South Asian diaspora
. Oxford University Papers on India, Vol. 2 No. 2, Delhi: Oxford
University Press, pp. 112-131.


Shaw, A. Medical Genetics and Genetic Screening. Wiley-Blackwell's International
Encyclopedia of Anthropology
, under the general editorship of Hilary Callan, former Director of
the Royal Anthropological Institute.


Shaw A. 2014. "Representing risks: Media reports on consanguineous relationships among British Pakistanis deflect from measured discussions around genetic risks", in: 'Diaspora: Southasia abroad', Himal Southasian: a review magazine of politics and culture, Vol. 27 No. 4, 86-95.

Shaw, A. 2014. 'The drivers of cousin marriage among British Pakistanis', review invited by
editors Alan Bittles and Giovanni Romeo, for a special issue on 'Consanguinity in the
Contemporary World', Human Heredity, 77: 26-36. doi:10.1159/000358011


Hanamy, H., Antonarakis, S.E., Cavali-Sforza, L.L., Tentamy, S., Romeo, G., Ten Kate L.P.,Bennett, R. L., Shaw, A., et al. Consanguineous marriages, pearls and perils: Geneva International Consanguinity Workshop Report. 2011. Genetics in Medicine, doi:10.1097/GIM.Ob013e318217477f

Shaw, A. 2009. (August). Ralph Russell and teaching Urdu to English-speaking adults in the community. Annual of Urdu Studies, Volume 24, pp. 249-263.


'Community leader', a short story by Safia Siddiqi, translation by Alison Shaw and
Mohammad Talib, published in, 9 January 2015, as part of Himal
Southasian's Web-exclusive series complementing 'Diaspora: South Asia Abroad'.

'A good son', a short story by Safia Siddiqi, translation by Alison Shaw and Mohammad Talib,
published in, 7 January 2015, as part of Himal Southasian's Web-exclusive series
complementing 'Diaspora: South Asia Abroad'.


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