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Morning, Ann Juanita, 1968-
The nature of race : how scientists think and teach about human difference / Ann Morning
Alternate Title How scientists think and teach about human difference
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  GN269 .M675 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Race
Racism in anthropology
Racism in education
Racism in textbooks
Physical Description xiii, 310 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-303) and index
Contents What is race? -- What do we know about scientific and popular concepts of race? -- Textbook race: lessons on human difference -- Teaching race: scientists on human difference -- Learning race: students on human difference -- Race concepts beyond the classroom -- The redemption of essentialism
Summary 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, the author 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, she 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, this book dissects competing definitions in straightforward language to reveal the logic and assumptions underpinning today's claims about human difference

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