Introduction 1. History 2. Culture 3. Nation 4. Genealogy 5. Science Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
Explores the complex relationship between race and modernity, looking at various visions of race from the Enlightenment through to the present day.
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,
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 *