The Return of Race Science
Author(s): Angela Saini
Original Publish Date: May 21, 2019
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Product Number: Z100144543
Released: May 21, 2019
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ISBN: #9780807081525
Narrator/s: Hannah Melbourn
Publisher: Beacon Press
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2019 Best-Of Lists: 10 Best Science Books of the Year (Smithsonian Magazine) · Best Science Books of the Year (NPR's Science Friday) · Best Science and Technology Books from 2019" (Library Journal) An astute and timely examination of the re-emergence of scientific research into racial differences. Superior tells the disturbing story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the world of science. After the horrors of the Nazi regime in World War II, the mainstream scientific world turned its back on eugenics and the study of racial difference. But a worldwide network of intellectual racists and segregationists quietly founded journals and funded research, providing the kind of shoddy studies that were ultimately cited in Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray's 1994 title The Bell Curve, which purported to show differences in intelligence among races. If the vast majority of scientists and scholars disavowed these ideas and considered race a social construct, it was an idea that still managed to somehow survive in the way scientists thought about human variation and genetics. Dissecting the statements and work of contemporary scientists studying human biodiversity, most of whom claim to be just following the data, Angela Saini shows us how, again and again, even mainstream scientists cling to the idea that race is biologically real. As our understanding of complex traits like intelligence, and the effects of environmental and cultural influences on human beings, from the molecular level on up, grows, the hope of finding simple genetic differences between "races"—to explain differing rates of disease, to explain poverty or test scores, or to justify cultural assumptions—stubbornly persists. At a time when racialized nationalisms are a resurgent threat throughout the world, Superior is a rigorous, much-needed examination of the insidious and destructive nature of race science—and a powerful reminder that, biologically, we are all far more alike than different.

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Author(s): Angela Saini
Narrator(s): Hannah Melbourn
Product Number DD45527
Released: May 21, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781974962198

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"Narrator Hannah Melbourn helps listeners follow a dizzying set of historical attempts to prove differences between the races and the inferiority of many--aspects of which continue to this day. Her smooth sophistication sounds both scholarly and approachable as she deals with the author's blending of personal details, scientific data, and historical facts. Overall, she achieves a perfect balance between an academic and a friendly tone in debunking race science. This well-paced title is packed with scientific history that nonfiction fans will want to listen to in short bursts so as to carefully process the material. M.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"