A Social Constructionist Analysis of Race

Sally Haslanger

in Resisting Reality

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892631
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980055 | DOI:
A Social Constructionist Analysis of Race

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This chapter outlines a social constructionist approach to the concept of race. The chapter argues that it is the most useful for interdisciplinary and popular debates about race and genetics. In order for a concept to function in this way, it must take into account the fact that “race” continues to identify groups and individuals in our social milieu because somatic markings are signals of social status and trigger different forms of interaction within a broad social hierarchy. Race is both real and social, and in our current milieu, neither color blindness nor race eliminativism are apt.

Keywords: race; genetics; eliminativism; color blindness; constructivism; social construction; science; language

Chapter.  6471 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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