Race 2010 - What is a race? A race is a subspecies: a...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–8. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
What is a race? A race is a subspecies: a population of a species that differs in a set of allele frequencies from other populations of the same species. A race is frequently separated geographically from other races. Are there races (subspecies)? Concept is being abandoned by biologists in favor of Clines: variable expressions that grade into one another over geographical space Given this definition of race, are there human races?
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Isolating mechanisms that can lead to the separation of races or of species, preventing gene flow , include: Geographical Physical Social/cultural Different races do not inevitably evolve into new species. But note that a race is a genetically isolated population that shares a unique gene pool or allele frequency
Background image of page 2
Early anthropologists tried to characterize the polytypic nature of humans by classifying them into races based on geographic location and phenotypic traits , frequently skin color. Early classification schemes used Mongoloid, Negroid, Caucasoid (Dates to 1790)
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
In the nineteenth century, researchers tried to introduce scientific method into the analysis of measures of human diversity Anthropometry: the measurement of human body parts and dimensions Example of anthropometry: Measuring the size and shape of the skull , Especially comparing width to length: Dolichocephalic (long and narrow) Mesocephalic (intermediate) Brachycephalic (round-headed or short and broad)
Background image of page 4
Through time and in different places, race” has been based on a number of factors: skin color, national origin, religion, social group For example: The human race The English race The Jewish race The white race
Background image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
If you take part in a census, you are asked to define your race. When you apply for college, you are asked your race. (Molnar 2002:32)
Background image of page 6
Example: Hitler tried to get rid of Jews and gypsies. Through 1970s, sterilization of people
Background image of page 7

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 8
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 10/04/2011 for the course ANTH 101 taught by Professor Simmons during the Spring '06 term at South Carolina.

Page1 / 29

Race 2010 - What is a race? A race is a subspecies: a...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 8. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online