Scientific Racism

Scientific Racism - • Social Darwinism application of Darwinian ideas of society namely the evolutionary “survival of the fittest” •

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Scientific Racism Scientific Racism: 19 th  century theories of race that characterize a period of  feverish investigation into the origins, explanations, and classifications of race o Using sience as it justifies superiority/inferiority Greek idea of beauty, already have idea of separating people according to  outside appearance Carl Linnaeus (1735) – father of taxonomy o Americanus In essence American indians o Asiaticus asians o Africanus Africans, animalistic o Europeaeus Europeans, civilized o All looking at physical characteristics and implying character Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1775)  On the Natural Varieties of Mankind o Founder of anthropology o Phrenology – cataloging variation by race, based upon physical  characteristics Using pseudoscience to create superiority o Skull measures – Caucasian, Mongoloid, Ethiopian, American, and Malay
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Unformatted text preview: • Social Darwinism: application of Darwinian ideas of society, namely the evolutionary “survival of the fittest” • Eugenics: the science of genetic lines and the inheritable traits they pass on from generation to generation; “well born” o For society to progress, certain people have to stop having babies, sterilization mainly of young poor women, young poor black women, sterilizing them without their consent or knowledge o Like Nazis, try to exterminate bad race for the betterment of scoiety • Hernstein and Murray (1994) The Bell Curve o Intelligence if mostly inherited o Higher classes tend to have higher levels of intelligence, so lower classes have lower intelligence and less intelligence genes...
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2011 for the course SOC 1 taught by Professor Mindyromero during the Summer '06 term at UC Davis.

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Scientific Racism - • Social Darwinism application of Darwinian ideas of society namely the evolutionary “survival of the fittest” •

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