Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century

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New Press, 2011 - Genetics - 388 pages
"This groundbreaking book by the acclaimed Dorothy Roberts examines how the myth of the biological concept of race continues to undermine a just society and reproduce inequality. Commercial genetic testing reinforces the idea that genes map neatly onto race, all while generating massive stores of data in DNA databases. Race-specific drugs are hailed as steps toward personalized, patient-responsive medicine. Facial recognition technologies using machine learning claim it possible to estimate a racialized criminal phenotype. Roberts argues that this new racial science threatens to re-solidify a monstrous fiction, one that rather than solving the complex problems facing our stratified society will instead cement them for years to come. Fatal Invention is “[a] herculean effort in fleshing out the biopolitics of race” (Biopolitical Times) from one of the nation’s leading legal scholars and social critics."--

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