The Nature of Race How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference
Author: Ann Morning
publisher: University of California Press
publisher Date: 06/24/2011
Schools: Temple University，Stony Brook University(SUNY)，University of Chicago
Description: What do Americans think “race” means? What determines one’s raceappearance, ancestry, genes, or culture? How do education, government, and business influence our views on race? To unravel these complex questions, Ann Morning takes a close look at how scientists are influencing ideas about race through teaching and textbooks. Drawing from in-depth interviews with biologists, anthropologists, and undergraduates, Morning explores different conceptions of racefinding for example, that while many sociologists now assume that race is a social invention or “construct,” anthropologists and biologists are far from such a consensus. She discusses powerful new genetic accounts of race, and considers how corporations and the government use scientific researchfor example, in designing DNA ancestry tests or census questionnairesin ways that often reinforce the idea that race is biologically determined. Widening the debate about race beyond the pages of scholarly journals, The Nature of Race dissects competing definitions in straightforward language to reveal the logic and assumptions underpinning today’s claims about human difference.