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Introduction: What Is Race?

Ann Morning

in The Nature of Race

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520270305
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950146 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520270305.003.0001
Introduction: What Is Race?

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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

Chapter.  7203 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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