How Culture and Science Make Race "Genetic": Motives and Strategies for Discrete Categorization of the Continuous and Heterogeneous

  title={How Culture and Science Make Race "Genetic": Motives and Strategies for Discrete Categorization of the Continuous and Heterogeneous},
  author={Celeste Michelle Condit},
  journal={Literature and Medicine},
  pages={240 - 268}
  • C. Condit
  • Published 21 January 2008
  • Art
  • Literature and Medicine
Scientists, medical personnel, and others have recently re-asserted the equivalence of human genetic variation and social categories of "race". This essay identifies strong cultural and scientific motives for creating, defending, and deploying that equivalence. However, the essay employs visual depictions of human genetic variation and critical analysis of scientific and lay vocabularies to show that human genetic variation has a complex structure that cannot be directly fit into a simple… 

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