The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Jun 24, 2011 - Social Science - 328 pages
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What do Americans think "race" means? What determines one’s race—appearance, ancestry, genes, or culture? 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.
  

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Contents

Introduction What is Race?
1
What Do We Know about Scientific and Popular Concepts of Race?
22
Textbook Race Lessons on Human Difference
66
Teaching Race Scientists on Human Difference
103
Learning Race Students on Human Difference
142
Race Concepts beyond the Classroom
191
Conclusion The Redemption of Essentialism
219
Textbook Sample Selection and List
249
Interview Research Design and Methodology
257
Faculty Questionnaire
263
Student Questionnaire
267
Notes
271
References
279
Index
305
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Ann Morning is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at New York University.

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