• Sociology, Medicine
  • Published in
    American journal of physical…
    2009
  • DOI:10.1002/ajpa.21006

Understanding race and human variation: why forensic anthropologists are good at identifying race.

@article{Ousley2009UnderstandingRA,
  title={Understanding race and human variation: why forensic anthropologists are good at identifying race.},
  author={Stephen D. Ousley and Richard Jantz and Donna Freid},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  year={2009},
  volume={139 1},
  pages={
          68-76
        }
}
American forensicanthropologists uncritically accepted the biological race concept from classic physical anthropology and applied it to methods of human identification. Why and how the biological race concept might work in forensic anthropology was contemplated by Sauer (Soc Sci Med 34 1992 107-111), who hypothesized that American forensic anthropologists are good at what they do because of a concordance between social race and skeletal morphology in American whites and blacks. However, Sauer… CONTINUE READING

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