Scientific Racism in Modern South Africa

Scientific Racism in Modern South Africa

by Saul Dubow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521473438

ISBN-13: 9780521473439

Pub. Date: 06/28/1995

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is the first full-length study of the history of intellectual and scientific racism in modern South Africa. Ranging broadly across disciplines in the social sciences, sciences and humanities, it charts the rise of scientific racism and biological determinism from the late nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth. Set against the rise of apartheid…  See more details below

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This book is the first full-length study of the history of intellectual and scientific racism in modern South Africa. Ranging broadly across disciplines in the social sciences, sciences and humanities, it charts the rise of scientific racism and biological determinism from the late nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth. Set against the rise of apartheid, the book illuminates the complex relationship between theories of essential racial difference and the development of white supremacist thinking. Saul Dubow draws extensively on comparable studies of intellectual racism in Europe and the United States to demonstrate the selective absorption of widely prevalent conceptions of racial difference in the particular historical context of South Africa. The issues he addresses are of relevance to both Africanist and international students of racism and race relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521473439
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1Introduction1
2Physical anthropology and the quest for the 'missing link'20
3Bantu origins, racial narratives66
4Biological determinism and the development of eugenics120
5The equivocal message of eugenics166
6Mental testing and the understanding of the 'native mind'197
7Christian-national ideology, apartheid, and the concept of 'race'246
8Conclusion284
Bibliography292
Index315

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