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Reconsidering Race: Social Science Perspectives on Racial Categories in the Age of Genomics

Kazuko Suzuki and Diego A. Von Vacano


Race is one of the most elusive phenomena of social life. While we generally know it when we see it, it's not an easy concept to define. Social science literature has argued that race is a Western, sociopolitical concept that emerged with the birth of modern imperialism, whether in the sixteenth century (the Age of Discovery) or the eighteenth century (the Age of Enlightenment). This book points out that there is a disjuncture between the way race is conceptualized in the social science and medical literature: some of the modern sciences employ racial and ethnic categories. As such, race has a ... More

Keywords: race, modern imperialism, organ transplants, eugenics, scientific racism, social construction, cultural history, genomics

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190465285
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190465285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kazuko Suzuki, editor
Texas A&M University

Diego A. Von Vacano, editor
Texas A&M University

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4 The Return of Biology

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Part II Race, Genomics, and Health

5 A Sociogenomic World

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6 Nature versus Nurture in the Explanations for Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities

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7 Genetic Ancestry Tests and Race

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Part III Global Perspectives on Race and Genomics Debates

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9 Evidence of What?

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11 Reconsiderations of Race

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Kazuko Suzuki and Diego A. von Vacano