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Decoding Racial Ideology in Genomics (Hardcover) (Johnny E. Williams)

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Although the human genome exists apart from society, knowledge about it is produced through socially-created language and interactions. As such, genomicists’ thinking is informed by their inability to escape the wake of the ‘race’ concept. This book investigates how racism makes genomics and how genomics makes racism and ‘race,’ and the consequences of these constructions. Specifically, Williams explores how racial ideology works in genomics. The simple assumption that frames the book is that ‘race’ as an ideology justifying a system of oppression is persistently recreated as a practical and familiar way to understand biological reality. This book reveals that genomicists’ preoccupation with ‘race’—regardless of good or ill intent—contributes to its perception as a category of differences that is scientifically rigorous.
Number of Pages: 157
Genre: Social Science, Science
Sub-Genre: Minority Studies, Life Sciences / Genetics + Genomics
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Author: Johnny E. Williams
Language: English
Street Date: May 27, 2016
TCIN: 51322042
UPC: 9780739148952
Item Number (DPCI): 248-19-1732

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