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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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Race Concepts beyond the Classroom

Race Concepts beyond the Classroom

(p.191) Six Race Concepts beyond the Classroom
The Nature of Race

Ann Morning

University of California Press

Schools are not the only places where scientists' knowledge of race makes its way to a lay audience. Formal education is just one of many institutions that reflect and convey scientific notions of racial difference to the public. Textbooks and course lectures are not the only vehicles for spreading scientists' concepts of race: laws, regulations, news reports, bureaucratic practices, and commercial goods and services also embody and communicate notions of racial difference. This chapter aims to enlarge the theoretical perspective on racial conceptualization by broadening the range of institutions that readers understand as channeling scientific thinking about race. Scholarship on science popularization usually focuses on organizations and texts with explicitly communicative or educative functions, such as textbooks, “popular science” magazines, or mass media science reporting.

Keywords:   race, bureaucratic practices, science popularization, popular science, mass media

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