Racial Science and British Society, 1930-62

Hardcover | October 15, 2008

byGavin Schaffer

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The study of race has been an important feature in British universities for over a hundred years. During this time, academic understanding of what race describes and means has changed and developed as has the purpose of racial study. Once considered the preserve of biologists and physical anthropologists, over the course of the last century the study of race has transferred mostly into social scientific disciplines such as sociology. This book explores this passing of authority on racial matters in the context of international and domestic political issues.

In a period which spans the rise and fall of Nazism, the onset of the Cold War, the birth of Apartheid and the death of legal US segregation, Racial Science and British Society, 1930-62 considers the relationship between science, politics and ideology, arguing that racial scholarship in Britain was shaped in every period by factors outside of science. At the same time it argues that it is possible to see the influence of expert racial scholarship in every significant action of government immigration policy during this period. This major new study of Twentieth-century Britain calls into question the impact of racial ideas on British society and probes into the nature of knowledge production in science.

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The study of race has been an important feature in British universities for over a hundred years. During this time, academic understanding of what race describes and means has changed and developed as has the purpose of racial study. Once considered the preserve of biologists and physical anthropologists, over the course of the last ce...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.78 × 5.59 × 0.82 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230008925

ISBN - 13:9780230008922

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Re-thinking Interwar Racial Reform:  the 1930s
The Challenge of War:  the 1940s
Race on the Retreat?  The 1950s and 60s
Epilogue
Bibliography     

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"Schaffer’s meticulously researched, balanced and thought-provoking intellectual history of the relationship between science and society is one that makes a raft of important observations on the interaction between scholarship, politics, society and governmental policy with regards to ‘race’ and scientific thinking on race. It is very warmly recommended and deserves a wide readership." -- Graham Macklin, Reviews in History  "Racial Science and British Society exemplifies the high standard that scholars and students have come to expect from its publisher, Palgrave Macmillan, and its argument is bracketed with a telling irony. In his introduction and epilogue Schaffer points out that the “discourses of anti-racism and race relations” deployed by liberal governments since the end of World War II have perpetuated a language of race that has no mainstream political or scientific credibility. Sixty years after the Holocaust, the concept of race is still deeply “entrenched in our social psyche”. "--RICHARD BARNETT, Isis Journal "[T]his monograph undoubtedly fills a useful niche within the secondary literature on science and race." —Amanda Rees, University of York