Softly, softly: genetics, intelligence and the hidden racism of the new geneism

  title={Softly, softly: genetics, intelligence and the hidden racism of the new geneism},
  author={David Gillborn},
  journal={Journal of Education Policy},
  pages={365 - 388}
  • D. Gillborn
  • Published 1 February 2016
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Education Policy
Abstract Crude and dangerous ideas about the genetic heritability of intelligence, and a supposed biological basis for the Black/White achievement gap, are alive and well inside the education policy process but taking new and more subtle forms. Drawing on Critical Race Theory, the paper analyses recent hereditarian writing, in the UK and the USA, and highlight a strategy that I term racial inexplicitness; this allows hereditarian advocates to adopt a colorblind façade that presents their work… Expand
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