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The Resource Superior : the return of race science, Angela Saini

Superior : the return of race science, Angela Saini

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Superior : the return of race science
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Superior
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the return of race science
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Angela Saini
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Return of race science
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eng
Summary
"Explores the concept of race, past and present. She examines the dark roots of race research and how race has again crept gently back into science and medicine. And she investigates the people who use this research for their own political purposes, including white supremacists. They believe that populations are born different, in character and intellectually, and that this defines the success or failure of nations. It is a worldwide network of eugenicists with their own journals and sources of funding, providing the kind of shoddy studies that were ultimately cited in Richard Hernstein's and Charles Murray's 1994 title, The Bell Curve, which purported to show differences in intelligence among races. Taking us from Darwin through the civil rights movement to modern-day ancestry testing, Saini examines how deeply our present is influenced by our past, and the role that politics has so often had to play in our understanding of race."--
Summary
"A powerful look at the non-scientific history of "race science," and the assumptions, prejudices, and incentives that have allowed it to reemerge in contemporary science Superior tells the disturbing story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the world of science. After the horrors of the Nazi regime in WWII, the mainstream scientific world turned its back on eugenics and the study of racial difference. But a worldwide network of unrepentant eugenicists quietly founded journals and funded research, providing the kind of shoddy studies that were ultimately cited in Richard Hernstein's and Charles Murray's 1994 title, The Bell Curve, which purported to show differences in intelligence among races. If the vast majorityof scientists and scholars disavowed these ideas, and considered race a social construct, it was still an idea that managed to somehow make its way into the research into the human genome that began in earnest in the mid-1990s and continues today. Dissecting the statements and work of contemporary scientists studying human biodiversity, most of whom claim to be just following the data, Saini shows us how, again and again, science is retrofitted to accommodate race. Even as our understanding of highly complex traits like intelligence, and the complicated effect of environmental influences on human beings, from the molecular level on up, grows, the hope of finding simple genetic differences between "races"--to explain differing rates of disease, to explain poverty or test scores or to justify cultural assumptions--stubbornly persists. At a time when racialized nationalisms are a resurgent threat throughout the world, Superior is a powerful reminder that biologically, we are all far more alike than different"--
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Library Journal Best Books, 2019.
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10781984
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1980-
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Saini, Angela
Dewey number
305.8/00723
Index
index present
LC call number
HT1506
LC item number
.S25 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Race
  • Eugenics
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
  • SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
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adult
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the return of race science
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Superior : the return of race science, Angela Saini
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Deep time -- It's a small world -- Scientific priestcraft -- Inside the fold -- Race realists -- Human biodiversity -- Roots -- Origin stories -- Caste -- The illusionists -- Black pills
Control code
2018060780
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 242 pages
Isbn
9780807076910
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2018060780
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1091260230
Label
Superior : the return of race science, Angela Saini
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Deep time -- It's a small world -- Scientific priestcraft -- Inside the fold -- Race realists -- Human biodiversity -- Roots -- Origin stories -- Caste -- The illusionists -- Black pills
Control code
2018060780
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 242 pages
Isbn
9780807076910
Lccn
2018060780
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1091260230

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