Race Decoded The Genomic Fight for Social Justice

ISBN-10: 0804774080
ISBN-13: 9780804774086
Edition: 2012
Authors: Catherine Bliss
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 5/23/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In 2000, with the success of the Human Genome Project, scientists declared the death of race in biology and medicine. But within five years, many of these same scientists had reversed course and embarked upon a new hunt for the biological meaning of race. Drawing on personal interviews and life stories,Race Decodedtakes us into the world of elite genome scientists—including Francis Collins, director of the NIH; Craig Venter, the first person to create a synthetic genome; and Spencer Wells, National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence, among others—to show how and why they are formulating new ways of thinking about race.In this original exploration, Catherine Bliss reveals a paradigm shift, both at the level of science and society, from colorblindness to racial consciousness. Scientists have been fighting older understandings of race in biology while simultaneously promoting a new grand-scale program of minority inclusion. In selecting research topics or considering research design, scientists routinely draw upon personal experience of race to push the public to think about race as a biosocial entity, and even those of the most privileged racial and social backgrounds incorporate identity politics in the scientific process. Though individual scientists may view their positions differently—whether as a black civil rights activist or a white bench scientist—all stakeholders in the scientific debates are drawing on memories of racial discrimination to fashion a science-based activism to fight for social justice.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The New Science of Race
Making Science Racial
The Sociogenomic Paradigm
Making Sense of Race with Values
Everyday Race-Positive
Activism and Expertise
The Enduring Trouble in with Race
Notes
Index

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