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The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference

Ann Morning


What do Americans think “race” means? What determines one's race — appearance, ancestry, genes, or culture? How do education, government, and business influence our views on race? To unravel these complex questions, the book takes a close look at how scientists are influencing ideas about race through teaching and textbooks. Drawing from in-depth interviews with biologists, anthropologists, and undergraduates, the book explores different conceptions of race — finding for example, that while many sociologists now assume that race is a social invention or “construct,” anthropologists and biologi ... More

Keywords: race, social constructs, genetics, DNA ancestry tests, census questionnaires, biology, human difference, appearance, ancestry, genes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520270305
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520270305.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Morning, author