Myth of Race The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea

ISBN-10: 0674417313

ISBN-13: 9780674417311

Edition: 2014

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Description: Biological races do not existâe"and never have. This view is shared by all scientists who study variation in human populations. Yet racial prejudice and intolerance based on the myth of race remain deeply ingrained in Western society. In his powerful examination of a persistent, false, and poisonous idea, Robert Sussman explores how race emerged as a social construct from early biblical justifications to the pseudoscientific studies of today.The Myth of Race traces the origins of modern racist ideology to the Spanish Inquisition, revealing how sixteenth-century theories of racial degeneration became a crucial justification for Western imperialism and slavery. In the nineteenth century, these theories fused with Darwinism to produce the highly influential and pernicious eugenics movement. Believing that traits from cranial shape to raw intelligence were immutable, eugenicists developed hierarchies that classified certain races, especially fair-skinned âeoeAryans,âe as superior to others. These ideologues proposed programs of intelligence testing, selective breeding, and human sterilizationâe"policies that fed straight into Nazi genocide. Sussman examines how opponents of eugenics, guided by the German-American anthropologist Franz Boasâe(tm)s new, scientifically supported concept of culture, exposed fallacies in racist thinking.Although eugenics is now widely discredited, some groups and individuals today claim a new scientific basis for old racist assumptions. Pondering the continuing influence of racist research and thought, despite all evidence to the contrary, Sussman explains whyâe"when it comes to raceâe"too many people still mistake bigotry for science.

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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/10/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Robert Wald Sussman is Professor of Physical Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.

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