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Unformatted text preview: – e.g., Gros Ventre (Atsina) – Japanese burakumin ( eta-hinin: polluted non-person) Racial classification and racism in historical perspective • Egyptians, Greeks and Romans • European Dark Ages • Age of Exploration, Colonialism and Conquest • Linnaeus Biological Determinism • The incorrect concept that behaviors, such as intelligence and morality, are based on biology (genes) • Therefore, a person’s capacity for behavior can be “read” from biological traits, such as skin color. • Eugenics – philosophy of “race improvement” Racism • Cultural phenomenon that is found worldwide • Based on stereotypes derived from biological determinism • Racist ideologies have no biological basis Hypodescent • Persons of “mixed race” are classified as the socially devalued race, regardless of appearance • Manifested in America as “the one-drop rule”...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ANTHRO 1 taught by Professor Wilkie during the Spring '08 term at Berkeley.
- Spring '08
- Biological Anthropology