His book to refresh in my mind Social Darwinism wasis to reacuaint myself with arguments regarding eugenics and to acuaint myself with advances in physical anthropology and genetics I also thought the historical material would be apropos given the current political climate regarding immigration blacklivesmatter and Islamophobia This book satisfies my 2016 Reading Challenge read a nonfiction book about science. Racters such as Darwin Thomas Huxley and Ashley Montagu and introduces general readers to less well known but influential figures such as Ernst Haeckel the scientific father of the eugenics movement and Carleton Coon the last of the great anthropologistexplorers whose life long work on racial differences became the center of a bitter academic feud that spilled over into public life A sober and sobering examination of the most volatileuestions about human differences The Evolution of Racism is a scientific and intellectual history that will open the topic for much needed discussion and open our minds along the
Nd insightful ride of the distortion and abuse of the Evolution of Man that was used to justify racism with scientific evidence This book is an in depth discussion of evolution specifically how it has been used and misused by people to justify their ideas concerning race It begins with Darwin s The Origin of the Species and continues to the present with the identification of genetic markers I wanted to read Arrative that mixes science and history theories and personalities Pat Shipman explains the original controversy over evolution in Darwin's time; the corruption of evolutionary theory into eugenics; the conflict between laboratory research in genetics and field work in physical anthropology and biology which gave rise to the new synthesis of modern evolutionary biology which in turn cast new light on the age old debate over nature verses nurture; and the continuing controversies over the heritability of intelligence criminal behavior and other traits The Evolution of Racism gives a fresh picture of familiar cha.
Too garrulous for my liking An absolutely amazing book on how Evolution has been used as a tool to justify racism Well and engagingly written it was one of the 2 nonfiction books that I devoured cover to cover in college as opposed to skimming through just to pass a test This book starts with the beginning process and publication of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin It takes the reader on a colorful Ever since Charles Darwin first wrote about the descent of man the differences between the human races have been the subject of the most enduring controversy over the origin of the species Evolutionary theory has been used and abused as a scientific justification or intellectual weapon by racists and anti racists alike Careers have been made and broken lives dedicated or sacrificed societies destroyed and wars fought over what Darwin called the value of the differences among humankind The Evolution of Racism is a history of both evolutionary theory and ideas about race and racism In an intellectually engaging
Pat Shipman is a professor of anthropology at Penn State University Coauthor of the award winning The Ape in the Tree she writes for American Scientist and lives in Moncure North Carolina