The Resource The myth of race : the troubling persistence of an unscientific idea, Robert Wald Sussman

The myth of race : the troubling persistence of an unscientific idea, Robert Wald Sussman

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The myth of race : the troubling persistence of an unscientific idea
Title
The myth of race
Title remainder
the troubling persistence of an unscientific idea
Statement of responsibility
Robert Wald Sussman
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Biological races do not exist -- and never have. This view is shared by all scientists who study variation in human populations. Yet racial prejudice and intolerance based on the myth of race remain deeply ingrained in Western society. In his powerful examination of a persistent, false, and poisonous idea, Robert Sussman explores how race emerged as a social construct from early biblical justifications to the pseudoscientific studies of today. The Myth of Race traces the origins of modern racist ideology to the Spanish Inquisition, revealing how sixteenth-century theories of racial degeneration became a crucial justification for Western imperialism and slavery. In the nineteenth century, these theories fused with Darwinism to produce the highly influential and pernicious eugenics movement. Believing that traits from cranial shape to raw intelligence were immutable, eugenicists developed hierarchies that classified certain races, especially fair-skinned "Aryans," as superior to others. These ideologues proposed programs of intelligence testing, selective breeding, and human sterilization -- policies that fed straight into Nazi genocide. Sussman examines how opponents of eugenics, guided by the German-American anthropologist Franz Boas's new, scientifically supported concept of culture, exposed fallacies in racist thinking. Although eugenics is now widely discredited, some groups and individuals today claim a new scientific basis for old racist assumptions. Pondering the continuing influence of racist research and thought, despite all evidence to the contrary, Sussman explains why -- when it comes to race -- too many people still mistake bigotry for science
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sussman, Robert W.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HT1521
LC item number
.S83 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Race
  • Racism
  • Race
  • Racism
  • Continental Population Groups
  • Racism
  • Eugenics
Label
The myth of race : the troubling persistence of an unscientific idea, Robert Wald Sussman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-349) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Early racism in western Europe -- The birth of eugenics -- The merging of polygenics and eugenics -- Eugenics and the Nazis -- The antidote : Boas and the anthropological concept of culture -- Physical anthropology in the early twentieth century -- The downfall of eugenics -- The beginnings of modern scientific racism -- The Pioneer Fund, 1970s-1990s -- The Pioneer Fund in the twenty-first century -- Modern racism and anti-immigration policies -- Conclusion -- Appendix A : The eugenics movement, 1890s-1940s -- Appendix B : The Pioneer Fund
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 374 pages
Isbn
9780674417311
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014011078
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)876000016
  • (OCoLC)ocn876000016
Label
The myth of race : the troubling persistence of an unscientific idea, Robert Wald Sussman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-349) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Early racism in western Europe -- The birth of eugenics -- The merging of polygenics and eugenics -- Eugenics and the Nazis -- The antidote : Boas and the anthropological concept of culture -- Physical anthropology in the early twentieth century -- The downfall of eugenics -- The beginnings of modern scientific racism -- The Pioneer Fund, 1970s-1990s -- The Pioneer Fund in the twenty-first century -- Modern racism and anti-immigration policies -- Conclusion -- Appendix A : The eugenics movement, 1890s-1940s -- Appendix B : The Pioneer Fund
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 374 pages
Isbn
9780674417311
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014011078
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)876000016
  • (OCoLC)ocn876000016

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