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Superior: The Return of Race Science

Superior: The Return of Race Science (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Saini, Angela

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An astute and timely examination of the re-emergence of scientific research into racial differences Superior tells the disturbing story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the world of science. After the horrors of the Nazi regime in World War I...I, the mainstream scientific world turned its back on eugenics and the study of racial difference. But a worldwide network of intellectual racists and segregationists quietly founded journals and funded research, providing the kind of shoddy studies that were ultimately cited in Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray's 1994 title The Bell Curve, which purported to show differences in intelligence among races. If the vast majority of scientists and scholars disavowed these ideas and considered race a social construct, it was an idea that still managed to somehow survive in the way scientists thought about human variation and genetics. Dissecting the statements and work of contemporary scientists studying human biodiversity, most of whom claim to be just following the data, Angela Saini shows us how, again and again, even mainstream scientists cling to the idea that race is biologically real. As our understanding of complex traits like intelligence, and the effects of environmental and cultural influences on human beings, from the molecular level on up, grows, the hope of finding simple genetic differences between races --to explain differing rates of disease, to explain poverty or test scores, or to justify cultural assumptions--stubbornly persists. At a time when racialized nationalisms are a resurgent threat throughout the world, Superior is a rigorous, much-needed examination of the insidious and destructive nature of race science--and a powerful reminder that, biologically, we are all far more alike than different.
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ISBN 9780807028421
Released AU 5 May 2020
Publisher Beacon Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780807028421
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Beacon Press
Imprint Beacon Press
Released 5 May 2020
Publication Country
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Saini, Angela
Category Ethnic Studies
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Equal Opportunities
Philosophy Of Science
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 226mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 305.800723
Weight 363g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Eugenics, Race - Research, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade