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3/1/12 www2.fiu.edu/agirardc/4700RACE.7.htm 1/1 www2.fiu.edu/agirardc/4700RACE.7.htm Do Races Exist? I. Is ³race´ a scientifically valid concept? A.Anthropologist Ashley Montague calls this “Man¶s Most Dangerous Myth”(1942 book) 1. Says concept promotes damaging stereotypes, but has no validity 2. Says should substitute concept of “ethnicity” for “race” II.What is the difference between ³race´ and ³ethnicity´ A. Ethnicity :based on cultural (socially produced)difference--nationality,language,religion B. Race : perceived inherited or biological characteristics: 1. Skin color, 2. Hair color and texture, 3. Facial features, 4. Stature, 5. Shape of head, 6. Blood groups III.Scholarly Critique of ³Race´ A. number of races ; it is purely arbitrary--anywhere from 3 to over 100 B. Blurred phenotypes because migration and invasion eliminated pure gene frequencies C. Nonconcordance : very different classifications produced by different traits: 1. Scooped-out shape of back of front teeth
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