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"Race" Is a Four Letter Word : Genesis of the Concept - 05 edition

"Race" Is a Four Letter Word : Genesis of the Concept (ISBN10: 0195173511; ISBN13: 9780195173512)
ISBN13: 978-0195173512
ISBN10: 0195173511

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0195173529
ISBN10: 019517352X

Summary: A tour de force work by a leading scholar, "Race" Is a Four-Letter Word explores the history of the concept of race in America, the reasons why the concept has no biological validity, and the ways in which it grew to become accepted as an idea that virtually everyone regards as self-evident. An ardent and eloquent opponent of typology, essentialism, and stereotyping, C. Loring Brace has based this engaging study on the "Problems of Race" course th moreat he has taught at the University of Michigan for the past thirty-five years.

Opening with an explanation of why the concept of race is biologically indefensible, "Race" Is a Four-Letter Word shows how the major elements of human biological variation have unrelated distributions and cannot be understood if the existence of "races" is assumed as a starting point. The book then examines the course of events that created the concept of race, journeying through time from Herodotus through Marco Polo; to the Renaissance and the role of the New World; on up to the American Civil War, the curious results of the alliance switch in World War I, Arthur Jensen, The Bell Curve, J. Philippe Rushton, and the Pioneer Fund in the twenty-first century.

Ideal as a supplementary text in anthropology courses, "Race" Is a Four-Letter Word can also be used in history of science courses and sociology courses. It is captivating reading for professionals and anyone else who seeks enlightenment on the socially debatable issue of "race."


  • C. Loring Brace is a leading scholar on the historical basis and biological construction of race who demonstrates a thorough and engaging command of the subject
  • There are no other books published in recent years that focus on the history of the race concept and on why the concept is biologically indefensible
  • The text covers a wide range of important aspects of the concept of race that could find potential application in many different sorts of courses. It will also have readership among professionals and other readers who seek enlightenment on the socially debatable issue of 'race' less

Edition/Copyright: 05
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 02/17/2005
International: No

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