When Socially Determined Categories Make Biological Realities: Understanding Black/White Health Disparities in the U.S.

  title={When Socially Determined Categories Make Biological Realities: Understanding Black/White Health Disparities in the U.S.},
  author={Jonathan Michael Kaplan},
  journal={The Monist},
  • J. Kaplan
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Biology
  • The Monist
There remains a broad consensus that current folk racial categories— those categories usually used on surveys, recognized by tbe U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and used on census forms and by U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA)—do not correspond to meaningful biological categories. Pace some recent attempts to defend the use of folk racial categories as a proxy for ancestry and population-level genetic differences (see e.g., Risch et al. 2002), the links between folk racial… 
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