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3.0 out of 5 stars

on 15 February 2018
Interesting read, but based mainly on unsupported opinions. Research is engaged with at times, but in general the book repeats points continuously without supporting its ideas with academic literature. E.g. “ethnologists and sociobiologists protect themselves from the charge of racism... science and politics [are] mediated by race... ethology and sociobiology are not dissociated with the preoccupation with genetics...research into human genetics is not unconnected to the idea that there are racial divisions...looking at the recent contribution of biology and genetics demonstrates that there is still activity in this domain... the majority of scientists would deny racial undertones to their work...ideas (of racial science) have never really gone away”. This is most of a passage from one page (page110) and I feel it reflects the style of the book: many interesting claims, little supporting evidence. I am sure many of the claims are accurate, however, and there are some helpful consciousness-raising moments!
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