“Everyone Knows It's a Social Construct”: Contemporary Science and the Nature of Race

  title={“Everyone Knows It's a Social Construct”: Contemporary Science and the Nature of Race},
  author={Ann Morning},
  journal={Sociological Focus},
  pages={436 - 454}
  • A. Morning
  • Published 1 November 2007
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Focus
Abstract Sociological literature frequently claims that scientists across the disciplinary spectrum have arrived at the common conclusion that race is socially constructed, not biologically anchored. I investigate contemporary scientific thinking about race by interviewing more than 40 biologists and anthropologists at four northeastern universities. Contrary to sociologists' expectations, racial constructionism is revealed to be a minority viewpoint. Moreover, this research shows that the… 
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