Perspectives on race today Featuring new and engaging essays by noted anthropologists and illustrated with full color photos, RACE: Are We So Different? is an accessible and fascinating look at the idea of race, demonstrating how current scientific understanding is often inconsistent with popular notions of race. Taken from the popular national public education project and museum exhibition, it explores the contemporary experience of race and racism in the United States and the often-invisible ways race and racism have influenced laws, customs, and social institutions.
List of Illustrations vii Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii 1 Regarding Race 1 Part 1 Histories of Race, Difference, and Racism 7 2 Introducing Race 9 3 Creating Race 15 4 Human Mismeasure 26 5 Inventing Whiteness 44 6 Separate and Unequal 67 Part 2 Why Human Variation Is Not Racial 91 7 Introduction: Race ? Human Biological Variation 93 8 Skin Deep? 101 9 Sickle Cell Disease: Not for Blacks Only 111 10 The Apportionment of Variation, or … Why We Are All Africans Under the Skin 123 11 The Evolution of Variation 133 Part 3 Living with Race and Racism 145 12 Introduction: Living with Race and Racism 147 13 Race and the Census 154 14 Race and Education 174 15 Linking Race and Wealth: An American Dilemma 195 16 Race and Health Disparities 214 17 Conclusion 231 Glossary 246 Index 253
Alan H. Goodman is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Hampshire College. A biological anthropologist who has written extensively on human variation and the biological consequences of inequality and poverty, he co-leads the national public education project sponsored by the AAA and funded by NSF and the Ford Foundation. Goodman is a past President of the AAA. Yolanda T. Moses is Professor of Anthropology, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Excellence and Equity at the University of California, Riverside. A cultural anthropologist, she has published extensively on issues of social inequality in complex societies and cultural diversity in higher education in the United States, India, and South Africa. She chaired the National Advisory Committee composed of distinguished scholars and curators that designed the original exhibit and website.She co-leads the national public education project sponsored by the AAA and funded by NSF and the Ford Foundation. Moses is past President of the AAA. Joseph L. Jones is former RACE project manager for the American Anthropological Association. He also has written extensively on race and the stresses of enslavement. He is finishing his dissertation from University of Massachusetts Amherst on “The Political Ecology of Early Childhood Lead Exposure for Enslaved Africans from the New York African Burial Ground.” Sponsored by the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world’s largest professional organization of scholars and practitioners in the field of anthropology. With over 11 thousand members, the Arlington, Virginia-based association includes archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, biological anthropologists, linguists, and applied anthropologists from around the world. AAA publishes 22 peer-reviewed scholarly journals and conducts the largest annual meeting of anthropologists in the world.
Illustrated in full color with images from the popular national public education project and museum exhibition of the American Anthropological Association, RACE: Are We So Different? offers a primer on the central idea of race and on how this notion has changed throughout our history. Goodman, Moses, and Jones explore the contemporary experiences of race and racism in the United States, and the often invisible ways that race influences laws, traditions, and social institutions. New and engaging essays by noted scholars provide examples from their individual experiences, history, and science to deal with the concepts of race and human variation. RACE: Are We So Different? is an accessible and fascinating look at the idea of race, demonstrating how popular belief is often inconsistent with current scientific understanding. More information on the exhibition and further teaching resources may be found at www.understandingrace.org.