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Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the Twentieth Century

Michael Yudell


Race, while drawn from the visual cues of human diversity, is an idea with a measurable past, an identifiable present, and an uncertain future. The concept of race has been at the center of both triumphs and tragedies in American history and has had a profound effect on the human experience. This book revisits the origins of commonly held beliefs about the scientific nature of racial differences, examines the roots of the modern idea of race, and explains why race continues to generate controversy as a tool of classification even in our genomic age. Surveying the work of some of the twentieth ... More

Keywords: race, racial difference, genetics, racial worldview, human diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231168748
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231168748.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Yudell, author
Drexel University School of Public Health