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Superior: The Return of Race Science

Superior: The Return of Race Science (Hardback)

By Saini, Angela
Narrator Melbourn, Hannah

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A powerful look at the non-scientific history of race science, and the assumptions, prejudices, and incentives that have allowed it to reemerge in contemporary science Origins tells the disturbing story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the wo...rld of science. After the horrors of the Nazi regime in WWII, the mainstream scientific world turned its back on eugenics and the study of racial difference. But a worldwide network of unrepentant eugenicists quietly founded journals and funded research, providing the kind of shoddy studies that were ultimately cited in Richard Hernstein's 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 still an idea that managed to somehow make its way into the research into the human genome that began in earnest in the mid-1990s and continues today. Dissecting the statements and work of contemporary scientists studying human biodiversity, most of whom claim to be just following the data, Saini shows us how, again and again, science is retrofitted to accommodate race. Even as our understanding of highly complex traits like intelligence, and the complicated effect of environmental 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, Origins is a powerful reminder that biologically, we are all far more alike than different.
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ISBN 9780807076910
Released AU 21 May 2019
Publisher Beacon Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780807076910
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Beacon Press
Imprint Beacon Press
Released 21 May 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Saini, Angela
Narrator Melbourn, Hannah
Category Ethnic Studies
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Equal Opportunities
Philosophy Of Science
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 305.800723
Weight 499g
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