Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the Twentieth Century

Hardcover | September 9, 2014

byMichael Yudell

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Race, while drawn from the visual cues of human diversity, is an idea with a measurable past, an identifiable present, and an uncertain future. The concept of race has been at the center of both triumphs and tragedies in American history and has had a profound effect on the human experience. Race Unmasked revisits the origins of commonly held beliefs about the scientific nature of racial differences, examines the roots of the modern idea of race, and explains why race continues to generate controversy as a tool of classification even in our genomic age.

Surveying the work of some of the twentieth century's most notable scientists, Race Unmasked reveals how genetics and related biological disciplines formed and preserved ideas of race and, at times, racism. A gripping history of science and scientists, Race Unmasked elucidates the limitations of a racial worldview and throws the contours of our current and evolving understanding of human diversity into sharp relief.

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Race, while drawn from the visual cues of human diversity, is an idea with a measurable past, an identifiable present, and an uncertain future. The concept of race has been at the center of both triumphs and tragedies in American history and has had a profound effect on the human experience. Race Unmasked revisits the origins of commo...

Michael Yudell is an associate professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health, where he directs the Program in Public Health Ethics and History. He is author of the blog The Public's Health for the Philadelphia Inquirer and his prior books include Welcome to the Genome: A User's Guide to the Genetic Past, Present, and Futu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231168748

ISBN - 13:9780231168748

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Table of Contents

Foreword by J. Craig VenterAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. A Eugenic Foundation2. Charles Davenport and the Biology of Blackness3. Eugenics in the Public's Eye4. The National Research Council and the Scientific Study of Race5. Coloring Race Difference6. Biology and the Problem of the Color Line7. Race and the Evolutionary Synthesis8. Consolidating the Race Concept in Biology9. Challenges to the Race Concept10. Naturalizing Racism: The Controversy Over Sociobiology11. Race in the Genomic AgeEpilogue: Dobzhansky's Paradox and the Future of Racial ResearchNotesBibliographyIndex

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Yudell fills a critical gap in scholarly discourse on the history of eugenics and race.