Race Concepts beyond the Classroom

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:
Race Concepts beyond the Classroom

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Schools are not the only places where scientists' knowledge of race makes its way to a lay audience. Formal education is just one of many institutions that reflect and convey scientific notions of racial difference to the public. Textbooks and course lectures are not the only vehicles for spreading scientists' concepts of race: laws, regulations, news reports, bureaucratic practices, and commercial goods and services also embody and communicate notions of racial difference. This chapter aims to enlarge the theoretical perspective on racial conceptualization by broadening the range of institutions that readers understand as channeling scientific thinking about race. Scholarship on science popularization usually focuses on organizations and texts with explicitly communicative or educative functions, such as textbooks, “popular science” magazines, or mass media science reporting.

Keywords: race; bureaucratic practices; science popularization; popular science; mass media

Chapter.  9819 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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