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Historicizing Race


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Introduction 1. History 2. Culture 3. Nation 4. Genealogy 5. Science Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Explores the complex relationship between race and modernity, looking at various visions of race from the Enlightenment through to the present day.

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Marius Turda is Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Maria Sophia Quine is Senior Fellow in the Centre for Medical Humanities at Oxford Brookes University, UK.


For hundreds of years, perhaps thousands, human beings have tried to establish their differences with the 'others' in order to establish who is superior and who is inferior and, if possible, kill the 'inferior', enslave them or, at the very least, lord it over them. This fascinating and erudite account focuses particularly on the ways science has been used (and misused) to establish racial differences even though such differences are overwhelmingly culturally constructed. With unflappable zeal we are offered an amazing and well-informed account of the evolution of scientific racism in the 19th and 20th centuries. There is much to learn from this tour de force. * Donald Sassoon, Emeritus Professor of Comparative European History, Queen Mary, University of London, UK *
This book provides an excellent overview of the history of race, as well as shedding light on its relevance to contemporary society. The breadth of coverage across different time periods, together with its global scope, with interesting examples from across the continents, is impressive. The authors have treated a complex and challenging subject with great care, thoughtfulness and sensitivity. * Lisa Pine, Associate Professor of History, London South Bank University, UK *

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