Racing around, getting nowhere

  title={Racing around, getting nowhere},
  author={Kenneth M Weiss and S. Fullerton},
  journal={Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues},
Arguments about race recycle endlessly because the truths we think we're chasing are always chasing us. Maybe we're getting nowhere because we're already there. 

Realism, Antirealism, and Conventionalism about Race

This paper distinguishes three concepts of “race”: bio-genomic cluster/race, biological race, and social race. We map out realism, antirealism, and conventionalism about each of these, in three

BEYOND FACT OR FICTION: On the Materiality of Race in Practice

What is biological race and how is it made relevant by specific practices? How do we address the materiality of biological race without pigeonholing it? And how do we write about it without reifying

Preserving the Concept of Race: A Medical Expedient, a Sociological Necessity

  • S. Morris
  • Philosophy, Sociology
    Philosophy of Science
  • 2011
In this essay I argue that there are strong reasons for preserving the concept of race in both medical and sociological contexts. While I argue that there are important reasons to conceive of race as

Putting races on the ontological map: a close look at Spencer’s ‘new biologism’ of race.

In a large and impressive body of published work, Quayshawn Spencer has meticulously articulated and defended a metaphysical project aimed at resuscitating a biological conception of race—one free

The good, the bad, and the ugli

There is widespread division in society, and even within science, over the use of genetic data and evolutionary inferences, and agitation has been particularly stirred by topics that include racial profiling in medicine, racial or geographic ancestry estimation, commercial your-life-on-a-chip predictions from send-away DNA samples, and assertions about the genetic or evolutionary basis of behavior.

Nauka, rasizm i postrasizm

The paper presents three strategies used nowadays against the so-called scientific racism. The first one is that since there are no biological grounds to discern races, the very concept of race - as


“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important,” said Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson in A Case of Identity.1 In that story, a Miss Sutherland asks Holmes

On babies and bathwater

COMMENTARY cience commits its share of offenses on the basis of an unwillingness to acknowledge not only its own social context but also that of the public and the people who feed it either

Changed Identities: A Racial Portra it of Two Extended Families, 1909-present

Resumen en: This article traces how the official and personal racial trajectories of two extended families from Puerto Rico changed in the period from 1909 to the pr...

What Is Race? Four Philosophers, Six Views

I. The Structure of the Book What is Race? is one of the latest notable instalments in the metaphysics of race debate. In the first half of the book, each author presents their respective answers to



Apportionment of racial diversity: A review

Biological anthropologists have shown that variation in human traits is non‐concordant along racial lines, as they are products of overlapping, dynamic selective pressures.

On the Non-Existence of Human Races

There are excellent arguments for abandoning the concept of race with reference to the living populations of Homo sapiens, and the position can be stated in other words as: There are no races, there are only clines.

Deconstructing the relationship between genetics and race

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Human genetic diversity: Lewontin's fallacy.

  • A. W. Edwards
  • Biology
    BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology
  • 2003
It has been proposed that the division of Homo sapiens into these groups is not justified by the genetic data, because most of the information that distinguishes populations is hidden in the correlation structure of the data and not simply in the variation of the individual factors.

Race, ancestry, and genes: implications for defining disease risk.

There are ways in which the concept of race can be a legitimate tool in the search for disease-associated genes, but in that context race reflects deeply confounded cultural as well as biological factors, and a careful distinction must be made between race as a statistical risk factor and causal genetic variables.

Genetic ancestry and the search for personalized genetic histories

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'Racial' differences in genetic effects for complex diseases

This work addressed the question of whether ancestry influences the impact of each gene variant on the disease risk by examining the genetic effects for 43 validated gene-disease associations across 697 study populations of various descents.

Evidence for gradients of human genetic diversity within and among continents.

The results show that when individuals are sampled homogeneously from around the globe, the pattern seen is one of gradients of allele frequencies that extend over the entire world, rather than discrete clusters, and there is no reason to assume that major genetic discontinuities exist between different continents or "races".

Genetic structure, self-identified race/ethnicity, and confounding in case-control association studies.

Ancient geographic ancestry, which is highly correlated with self-identified race/ethnicity--as opposed to current residence--is the major determinant of genetic structure in the U.S. population.

Genetic Structure of Human Populations

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