Learning Race: Students on Human Difference

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:
Learning Race: Students on Human Difference

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This chapter shows how scientists' race concepts are expressed to the public through formal education. The chapter also presents the three main sets of empirical findings. First, the author describes the ways that undergraduates depicted race when asked to define the concept. Second, the author reports the extent to which they agreed with the claim that the species is divided into biological races. And lastly, the author analyzes the ways in which they actually used race as a conceptual tool when asked to explain real-life race differentials in outcomes as diverse as health and professional sports participation. The final sections of this chapter are keen to the question of which factors, either individual or institutional, seem to help account for variation in college students' conceptualization of race.

Keywords: formal education; biological races; race; conceptualization; sports participation

Chapter.  17230 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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