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The Nature of RaceHow Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference$
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Ann Morning

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270305

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270305.001.0001

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Introduction: What Is Race?

Introduction: What Is Race?

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(p.1) One Introduction: What Is Race?
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The Nature of Race
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Ann Morning

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520270305.003.0001

The primary purpose of this book is to explore how scientists' concepts of race are transmitted to the public through formal education as well as other institutions. The scientific enterprise is vital to American thinking about race because its claims are often the bedrock upon which academic, business, and government interpretations of the nature of race purport to rest. The medical tests used by companies such as Genzyme Genetics are primed by scientists' research. Science in the United States today is largely equated with “knowledge of nature,” especially as it is acquired through a specialized process. Racial differences are certainly shaped by families, friends, neighbors, and peers. But in a society where racial classification pervades bureaucratic life, people's everyday experiences in settings such as schools, companies, state agencies, and medical offices also leave their mark on the nations of race.

Keywords:   race, Genzyme Genetics, racial differences, racial classification, state agencies

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