And you thought we had moved beyond all that: biological race returns to the social sciences

Ann Morning

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    Abstract

    Recently, sociologists have argued in high-profile journals that racial categories are linked to genetically distinct clusters within the human population. They propose theorizing race as a socially constructed categorization system that is related to biological groupings within our species. This work overlooks, however, the extent to which statistically inferred genetic clusters are themselves socially constructed, making it impossible to juxtapose 'subjective' social categories with 'objective' biological ones. This editorial urges social scientists to take a critical look at claims about the genetic underpinnings of race, and to contribute their insights to ongoing debates about the nature of race.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1676-1685
    Number of pages10
    JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
    Volume37
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 2014

    Keywords

    • biology
    • classification
    • gender
    • genetics
    • science
    • statistics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Sociology and Political Science

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