Race and Culture: A World View

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Basic Books, 1994 - Social Science - 331 pages
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Thomas Sowell is one of America's leading voices on matters of race and ethnicity. In his most recent book, "Inside American Education," he surveyed the ills of American education from the primary grades to graduate school with "an impressive range of knowledge and acuity of observation, " according to the "Wall Street Journal." Now in his newest book "Race and Culture," he asks the question: "What is it that allows certain groups to get ahead?" and the answer will undoubtedly create debates for years to come.

The thesis of "Race and Culture" is that productive skills are the key to understanding the economic advancement of particular racial or ethnic groups, as well as countries and civilizations -- and that the spread of those skills, whether through migration or conquest, explains much of the advancement of the human race. Whether this body of skills, aptitudes and disciplines is called "culture" or "human capital, " it explains far more than politics, prejudice or genetics. Rather than draw on the experience of one country or one era of history, "Race and Culture" encompasses dozens of racial and ethnic groups, living in scores of countries around the world, over a period of centuries. Due to its breadth and scope, this study is able to test alternative theories empirically on a vast canvas in space and time. Its conclusions refute much, if not most, of what is currently believed about race and about cultures.

  

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Review: Race And Culture: A World View

User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

More history, less Sociological gobbledegook. A collection of similar essays on the same topic leads to too much redundancy. This topic is too broad: he's covering the history and geography of the ... Read full review

Review: Race And Culture: A World View

User Review  - Robert Dunlap - Goodreads

I'd recommend it as a read, but it fails in one area and begins with that failure. Sowell does not recommend any actions based on these findings. He begins by admitting that there won't be any in the ... Read full review

Contents

A World View
2
Migration and Culture
33
Conquest and Culture
62
Race and Economics
82
Race and Politics
118
Race and Intelligence
157
Race and Slavery
187
Race and History
225
Notes
260
Index
318
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Thomas Sowell has taught economics at a number of colleges and universities, including Cornell, University of California Los Angeles, and Amherst. He has published both scholarly and popular articles and books on economics, and is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

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