Race, Racism, and Science: Social Impact and Interaction

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Overview

What, historically, has the term 'race' meant? What is the relationship between the scientific study of race and racism? Race, Racism, and Science: Social Impact and Interaction explores these questions as it recaps the history of race-centered research from its origins in the late 1700s to Darwin's influential work on natural selection to the present. It is a compelling introduction to the way race science initially gained acceptance and how race studies both reflect and shape their times.

Readers will see how scientific and pseudoscientific explanations of racial differences (social Darwinism, eugenics, craniometry, scientific racism) provided intellectual cover for inhuman acts, and how Ashley Montagu, Richard Lewontin, and other 20th-century antiracists fought to refute the scientific support of bigotry.

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"The authors … offer a general synthesis of the enormous literature on the topic in bibliographic essays, and a narrative overview of the history of race ideology … Recommended. Secondary school and undergraduate libraries."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851094486
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/22/2004
  • Series: Science and Society Series
  • Pages: 403
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The origins of racial science, antiquity-1800 1
2 The establishment of racial typology, 1800-1859 29
3 Race and evolution, 1859-1900 61
4 The hardening of scientific racism, 1900-1945 97
5 The retreat of scientific racism, 1890-1940 129
6 The liberal orthodoxy, 1940-1960 163
7 A multicultural science of race, 1965 to the present 205
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