Myth of Race

Myth of Race

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by Jefferson M. Fish
     
 

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The Myth of Race deals concisely with a wide range of topics, from how the concept of race differs in different cultures and race relations in the United States, to IQ tests and the census. It draws on scientific knowledge to topple a series of myths that pass as facts, correct false assumptions, and clarify cultural misunderstandings about the highly

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The Myth of Race deals concisely with a wide range of topics, from how the concept of race differs in different cultures and race relations in the United States, to IQ tests and the census. It draws on scientific knowledge to topple a series of myths that pass as facts, correct false assumptions, and clarify cultural misunderstandings about the highly charged topic of race.

The book demonstrates that the apparently straightforward concept of race is actually a confused mixture of two different concepts; and the confusion often leads to miscommunication. The first concept, biological race, simply doesn’t exist in the human species. Instead, what exists is gradual variation in what people look like (e.g., skin color and facial features) and in their genes, as you travel around the planet—with more distant populations appearing more different than closer ones. If you travel in different directions, the populations look different in different ways. The second concept, social race, is a set of cultural categories for labeling people based on how their ancestors were classified, selected aspects of what they look like, or various combinations of both. These sets of categories vary widely from one culture to another.

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"Jefferson Fish illuminates and dissects the myths, misconceptions, and prejudices that color our attitudes and anxieties about race. Writing with stunning clarity, Dr. Fish poses profound and perturbing questions about race, such as: Are the physical differences that exist within the human species rooted in biology, genetics or geography? How can a Brazilian the color of caramel be judged to be white, while an American the color of cream be considered black? Why is President Barack Obama classified as black when he is half white? Does the shape of one's skull or the color of one's skin reflect a higher or lower level of intelligence? Does one's "gray matter" have a color? ...The Myth of Race is must reading."
- William S. Cohen, former Senator and U.S. Secretary of Defense

"Scientists and scholars around the world have concurred that the idea of race has no basis in science. The Myth of Race, is an admirable attempt to explain and explore this new perspective on human variation."
- Audrey Smedley, PhD, author, Race in North America

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786754366
Publisher:
Argo Navis
Publication date:
11/27/2012
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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"Jefferson Fish illuminates and dissects the myths, misconceptions, and prejudices that color our attitudes and anxieties about race. Writing with stunning clarity, Dr. Fish poses profound and perturbing questions about race, such as: Are the physical differences that exist within the human species rooted in biology, genetics or geography? How can a Brazilian the color of caramel be judged to be white, while an American the color of cream be considered black? Why is President Barack Obama classified as black when he is half white? Does the shape of one's skull or the color of one's skin reflect a higher or lower level of intelligence? Does one's "gray matter" have a color? ...The Myth of Race is must reading."
- William S. Cohen, former Senator and U.S. Secretary of Defense

"Scientists and scholars around the world have concurred that the idea of race has no basis in science. The Myth of Race, is an admirable attempt to explain and explore this new perspective on human variation."
- Audrey Smedley, PhD, author, Race in North America

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