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Race and the Genetic Revolution: Science, Myth, and Culture

Sheldon Krimsky and Kathleen Sloan


Do advances in genomic biology create a scientific rationale for long-discredited racial categories? Chapters based in the fields of law, medicine, biology, sociology, history, anthropology, and psychology examine the impact of modern genetics on the concept of race. Chapters trace the interplay between genetics and race in forensic DNA databanks, the biology of intelligence, DNA ancestry markers, and racialized medicine. Each chapter explores commonly held and unexamined assumptions and misperceptions about race in science and popular culture. The book begins with the historical origins and c ... More

Keywords: genomic biology, racial categories, modern genetics, forensic DNA databanks, intelligence, DNA ancestry markers, racialized medicine, recreational genetics, criminal justice policy

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231156974
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156974.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheldon Krimsky, editor

Kathleen Sloan, editor

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Sheldon Krimsky

Part 1 Science and Race

Part II Forensic DNA Databases, Race, and the Criminal Justice System

Part III Ancestry Testing

Part IV Racialized Medicine

Part V Intelligence and Race

9 Myth and Mystification

Pilar N. Ossorio

10 Intelligence, Race, and Genetics

Robert J. Sternberg, Elena L. Grigorenko, Kenneth K. Kidd, and Steven E. Stemler

Part VI Contemporary Culture, Race, and Genetics

11 The Elusive Variability of Race

Patricia J. Williams


Kathleen Sloan

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