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Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century

by Dorothy Roberts
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This groundbreaking book by the acclaimed Dorothy Roberts examines how the myth of the biological concept of race-revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases-continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly "post-racial" era. Named one of the ten best black nonfiction books of 2011 by, Fatal Invention offers a timely and "Provocative analysis" (Nature) of race, science, and politics by one of the nation's leading legal scholars and social critics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595588340
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 173,886
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Dorothy Roberts is the fourteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She is the author of the award-winning Killing the Black Body and Shattered Bonds and is the co-editor of six books on gender and constitutional law. She serves as chair of the board of directors of the Black Women’s Healthy Imperative and lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Table of Contents


Part I: Believing in Race in the Genomic Age
1. The Invention of Race
2. Separating Racial Science from Racism

Part II: The New Racial Science
3. Redefining Race in Genetic Terms7
4. Medical Stereotyping
5. The Allure of Race in Biomedical Research
6. Embodying Race

Part III: The New Racial Technology
7. Pharmacoethnicity
8. Color-Coded Pills
9. Race and the New Biocitizen
10. Tracing Racial Roots

Part IV: The New Biopolitics of Race
11. Genetic Surveillance
12. Biological Race in a “Postracial” America

Conclusion: The Crossroads
Notes Index

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