Skin Deep: Journeys in the Divisive Science of Race


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Author(s): Evans, Gavin

In academic journals and on internet message boards, certain scientists and thinkers are laying siege to one of the great taboos. Could it be, they ask, that racism has a rational basis in science?
Prominent journalists and writers have now joined in as cheerleaders for race-based theories, as have others with sounder credentials, including Nobel Prize winner James Watson who believes that black people are intrinsically less intelligent than white people.
If true, it would provide an intellectual foundation for so many of the attitudes that characterise the right wing, justifying inequality and discrimination. But it's not true, and it has to be challenged. Skin Deep tackles these ideas head-on, laying out the latest discoveries in genetics, palaeontology, archaeology and anthropology to show what really makes us who we are, and to challenge the pernicious idea that our race is our destiny.

About the author:

Gavin Evans was born in London and grew up in Cape Town, where he became intensely involved in the anti-apartheid struggle. He studied economic history and law before completing a PhD in political studies, writing extensively on race and racism. He lectures in the Culture and Media department at Birkbeck College, London, broadcasts regularly for the BBC World Service and is a keen marathon runner.

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ISBN-13: 9781786076229

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Language: English

Number of Pages: 288

Publication Date: 20191105

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Product Form: Hardback

Dimensions (LxWxH): 231 mm155 mm34 mm 

Weight: 568 gr

 

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