Race: The Reality of Human Differences Paperback – 29 Jul 2005
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Vincent Sarichis Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.Frank Miele is senior editor with Skeptic magazine. Frank Miele'shighly regarded Skeptic interviews include conversations with evolutionists Richard Dawkins and E. O. Wilson, anthropologists Donald Johanson, Lionel Tiger, and Robin Fox, ecologist Garrett Hardin, and psychologist Robert Sternberg. His articles have appeared on many web pages, including those of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. He lives in Sunnyvale, California, with his Great Dane, Payce
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
The authors begin by discussing the recognition given race in the American legal system. They cite various legal cases involving affirmative action to show, “the most adversarial part of our complex society, not only continues to accept the existence of race, but also relies on the ability of the average individual to sort people into races” (p14).
As for the claim that racial categories are socially-constructed, they note the ability of forensic scientists to identify the race of a criminal from DNA fragments (p19-23).
However, while folk-taxonomic racial categories have an ultimate basis in biological differences, they are part socially-constructed as well (e.g. the 'one-drop-rule’).
It is unfortunate that the authors restrict their analysis to US law. It would be interesting to know how the race of citizens was determined in under, say, apartheid or the Nuremberg laws.
A Race-Recognition Module?
Humans are, the authors contend, innately predisposed to racially classify. Thus, Lawrence Hirschfeld found that three-year-olds already recognise the immutable and hereditary character of racial characters (p125-7). They claim, “evolutionary psychology provides… evidence that there is a species-wide module in the human brain that predisposes us to sort the members of our species into groups based on appearance, and to distinguish between ‘us’ and ‘them’” (p31).Read more ›
They debunk a number of politically correct but ultimately meaningless statements (e.g. "we are all Africans", or "85% of genetic variance is within ethnic groups", or "we share 99.99% of our genes with each other"), and show how political correctness has led to distorted or outright falsified accounts of recent genetic and biological findings.
They also propose how to deal with the issues of race - one might or might not agree with them, but getting the facts straight (which is the bulk of the book) is important no matter what.
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Science & Nature > Biological Sciences > Biological Science
- Books > Science & Nature > Biological Sciences > Genetics
- Books > Scientific, Technical & Medical > Biology > Human Biology
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Government & Politics
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Social Sciences > Anthropology > Physical
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Social Sciences > Anthropology > Social & Cultural
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Social Sciences > Discrimination & Racism
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Social Sciences > Multicultural Studies