This unique collection brings together selections from the work that has defined our understanding of racism. Every significant contribution to the analysis of racism over the past 50 years are comprised in this one book, including extracts from Myrdal's An American Dilemma, Cox's Marxist theory, Carmichael and Hamilton's introduction of the term ‘institutional racism’ and recent textual analyses. Ordered chronologically, so that the reader can work through the narrative of changes coherently, each contribution is introduced by the editors and the whole collection is bound together by introductory and concluding chapters. The result is an unparalleled teaching and study resource. No other book presents the highlights, range and complexity of the various attempts to unravel racism, in such a comprehensive and panoramic way.
Chapter 25: Scientific Racism: Reflections on Peer Review, Science and Ideology*
Scientific Racism: Reflections on Peer Review, Science and Ideology*
This is a highly technical article written primarily for the benefit of a scholarly network. But the issues raised illustrate that the nature of race and its implications are still being debated. It is the belief of some that linking race to social and cultural characteristics suggesting inferiority for groups on some scale, is patently racist. Anthropologist Charles Leslie contends that the arbitrary and capricious attribution of social and cultural characteristics to certain groups in ways that suggest that race can distinguish human beings, even if defended by scholars, is racism, albeit, ‘scientific racism’. The scholars he critiques, particularly J. Phillippe Ruston's work with sociobiology, defend themselves by ...