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Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice
     

Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice

by Catherine Bliss
 

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ISBN-10: 0804774080

ISBN-13: 9780804774086

Pub. Date: 05/23/2012

Publisher: Stanford University Press

In 2000, with the success of the Human Genome Project, scientists declared the death of race in biology and medicine. But within five years, many of these same scientists had reversed course and embarked upon a new hunt for the biological meaning of race. Drawing on personal interviews and life stories, Race Decoded takes us into the world of elite genome

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In 2000, with the success of the Human Genome Project, scientists declared the death of race in biology and medicine. But within five years, many of these same scientists had reversed course and embarked upon a new hunt for the biological meaning of race. Drawing on personal interviews and life stories, Race Decoded takes us into the world of elite genome scientists—including Francis Collins, director of the NIH; Craig Venter, the first person to create a synthetic genome; and Spencer Wells, National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence, among others—to show how and why they are formulating new ways of thinking about race.

In this original exploration, Catherine Bliss reveals a paradigm shift, both at the level of science and society, from colorblindness to racial consciousness. Scientists have been fighting older understandings of race in biology while simultaneously promoting a new grand-scale program of minority inclusion. In selecting research topics or considering research design, scientists routinely draw upon personal experience of race to push the public to think about race as a biosocial entity, and even those of the most privileged racial and social backgrounds incorporate identity politics in the scientific process. Though individual scientists may view their positions differently—whether as a black civil rights activist or a white bench scientist—all stakeholders in the scientific debates are drawing on memories of racial discrimination to fashion a science-based activism to fight for social justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804774086
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
05/23/2012
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,214,725
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The New Science of Race 19

2 Making Science Racial 38

3 The Sociogenomic Paradigm 70

4 Making Sense of Race with Values 100

5 Everyday Race-Positive 135

6 Activism and Expertise 166

7 The Enduring Trouble in with Race 192

Notes 207

Index 257

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