The Evolution of Racism

The Evolution of Racism

Human Differences and the Use and Abuse of Science

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Combines a history of evolutionary theory with a study of its impact on ideas about race and racism to explain how the fear of making politically unacceptable discoveries has prevented scientists from honestly exploring human racial differences

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Responding to the long-standing appropriation and subversion of scientific findings and theories to support various racist ideas and policies, paleoanthropologist Shipman presents a dual history of evolutionary theory and ideas about race and racism, in an accessible narrative that mixes science and history, theories and personalities. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Ever since Charles Darwin first wrote about the "descent of man," the differences between the human races have been the subject of the most enduring controversy over the "origin of the species." Evolutionary theory has been used and abused as a scientific justification or intellectual weapon by racists and anti-racists alike. Careers have been made and broken, lives dedicated or sacrificed, societies destroyed, and wars fought over what Darwin called the "value of the differences" among humankind.
The Evolution of Racism is a history of both evolutionary theory and ideas about race and racism. In an intellectually engaging narrative that mixes science and history, theories and personalities, Pat Shipman explains the original controversy over evolution in Darwin's time; the corruption of evolutionary theory into eugenics; the conflict between laboratory research in genetics and field work in physical anthropology and biology, which gave rise to the "new synthesis" of modern evolutionary biology, which in turn cast new light on the age-old debate over nature verses nurture; and the continuing controversies over the heritability of intelligence, criminal behavior, and other traits.
The Evolution of Racism gives a fresh picture of familiar characters such as Darwin, Thomas Huxley, and Ashley Montagu, and introduces general readers to less well known but influential figures such as Ernst Haeckel, the scientific father of the eugenics movement, and Carleton Coon, the last of the great anthropologist/explorers, whose life-long work on racial differences became the center of a bitter academic feud that spilled over into public life.
A sober and sobering examination of the most volatile questions about human differences, The Evolution of Racism is a scientific and intellectual history that will open the topic for much-needed discussion and open our minds along the way.

Baker
& Taylor

Combines a history of evolutionary theory with a study of its impact on ideas about race and racism to explain how the fear of making politically unacceptable discoveries has prevented scientists from honestly exploring human racial differences.

Publisher: New York : Simon, 1994
ISBN: 9780671754600
0671754602
Characteristics: 318 p ; cm

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