Race and the Genetic Revolution Science, Myth, and Culture

ISBN-10: 0231156979

ISBN-13: 9780231156974

Edition: 2011

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Leading scholars from a range of disciplines, including law, biology, sociology, history, anthropology, and psychology, examine the impact of modern genetics on the concept of race. Does mapping the human genome reconstitute a scientific rationale for long-discredited racial categories? Contributors trace the interplay between genetics and race in forensic DNA databanks, the biology of intelligence, DNA ancestry markers, and racialized medicine. Each essay explores commonly held and unexamined assumptions and misperceptions about race in both science and popular culture. Divided into six major categories, the collection begins with the historical origins and current uses of the concept of "race" in science. It follows with an analysis of the role of race in DNA databanks and its reflection of racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Essays then consider the rise of recreational genetics in the form of for-profit testing of genetic ancestry and the introduction of racialized medicine, specifically through an FDA-approved heart drug called BiDil, marketed to African American men. Concluding sections discuss the contradictions between our scientific and cultural understandings of race and the continuing significance of race in educational and criminal justice policy, not to mention the ongoing project of a society that has no use for racial stereotypes.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: How Science Embraced the Racialization of Human Populations
Science And Race: Historical And Evolutionary Perspectives
A Short History of the Race ConceptvMichael Yudell
Natural Selection, the Human Genome, and the Idea of Race
Forensic Dna Databases, Race, And The Criminal Justice System
Racial Disparities in Databanking of DNA Profiles
Prejudice, Stigma, and DNA Databases
Ancestry Testing
Ancestry Testing and Dna: Uses, Limits, and Caveat Emptor
Can Dna "Witness" Race? Forensic Uses of an Imperfect Ancestry Testing Technology
Racialized Medicine
BiDil and Racialized Medicine
Evolutionary "Versus Racial Medicine: Why It Matters
Intelligence and Race
Myth and Mystification: The Science of Race and IQ
Intelligence, Race, and Genetics
Contemporary Culture, Race, And Genetics
The Elusive Variability of Race
Race, Genetics, and the Regulatory Need for Race Impact Assessments
Conclusion: Toward a Remedy for the Social Consequences of Racial Myths
List of Contributors
Index
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