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The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach About Human Difference (Hardback)

Ann Morning

Edité par University of California Press, United States, 2011
ISBN 10: 0520270304 / ISBN 13: 9780520270305
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Titre : The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and...

Éditeur : University of California Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2011

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. What do Americans think race means? What determines one s race - appearance, ancestry, genes, or culture? And how do education, government, and business influence our views on race? To unravel these complex questions, Ann Morning takes a close look at how scientists are influencing ideas about race through teaching and textbooks. Drawing from in-depth interviews with biologists, anthropologists, and undergraduates, Morning explores different conceptions of race - finding for example, that while many sociologists now assume that race is a social invention or construct, anthropologists and biologists are far from such a consensus. She discusses powerful new genetic accounts of race, and considers how corporations and the government use scientific research - for example, in designing DNA ancestry tests or census questionnaires - in ways that often reinforce the idea that race is biologically determined. Widening the debate about race beyond the pages of scholarly journals, The Nature of Race dissects competing definitions in straightforward language to reveal the logic and assumptions underpinning today s claims about human difference. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780520270305

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Synopsis : What do Americans think 'race' means? What determines one's race - appearance, ancestry, genes, or culture? And how do education, government, and business influence our views on race? To unravel these complex questions, Ann Morning takes a close look at how scientists are influencing ideas about race through teaching and textbooks. Drawing from in-depth interviews with biologists, anthropologists, and undergraduates, Morning explores different conceptions of race - finding for example, that while many sociologists now assume that race is a social invention or 'construct,' anthropologists and biologists are far from such a consensus. She discusses powerful new genetic accounts of race, and considers how corporations and the government use scientific research - for example, in designing DNA ancestry tests or census questionnaires - in ways that often reinforce the idea that race is biologically determined. Widening the debate about race beyond the pages of scholarly journals, "The Nature of Race" dissects competing definitions in straightforward language to reveal the logic and assumptions underpinning today's claims about human difference.

Critique: "Well-written, well-researched, and well-argued, [it] does an excellent job of tracing out the power of knowing how race is defined." American Journal Of Sociology 20120720 "Researchers working on race in the United States should certainly read this book." -- Ian Vincent McGonigle Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI) 20130501

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