Lecture7 - -population concept of race does not fit data...

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Lecture 7 Popular understandings -ethnicities, cultures, peoples, nations -”races”: idea of separate biological groups -breeds of animals -skin color to humans -also linked to nation, culture, “volk” Essentialist View -original, distinct groups: “ideal types” -Weber -Darwin thought differently -species originate in a single gene pool, not distinct races -Human races sometimes called races -race is a cluster of local populations -”races” can not be identified by geneticists -94% of human genetic diversity falls within groups geographically defined as “races” -other “races” are subsets of Africans, genetically -Physical variation distributed gradually over space -where does one begin and another end?
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Unformatted text preview: -population concept of race does not fit data -people see biological differences as racial -race is culturally, socially constructed -much of it is based on skin color Skin Color -reflectivity correlates to geography, not populations or race -too much UV, no folic acid: birth defects -too little UV, no vitamin D -pigmentation regulates UV Race a universal discourse -shapes understanding of diversity around the world -nevertheless, racial ideas and social relations are quite varied Race a social fact -legal definitions of racial categories race and ststus/class; political power -everyday interactions are racialized -Racial Formations US, South Africa...
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