Decoding Racial Ideology in Genomics

Description

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.

Details

Author(s)
Johnny E. Williams, Jr. Joseph L. Graves
Format
Paperback | 190 pages
Dimensions
150 x 231 x 14mm | 277g
Publication date
05 Apr 2018
Publisher
Lexington Books
Publication City/Country
Lanham, MD, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
0739148966
ISBN13
9780739148969