Decoding Racial Ideology in Genomics

Decoding Racial Ideology in Genomics

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Although the human genome exists apart from society, knowledge about it is produced through socially created language and interactions. Genomicists' thinking is informed by their inability to escape the wake of the "race" concept. The 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 159 x 239 x 19mm | 435g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739148958
  • 9780739148952

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Williams' Decoding Racial Ideology excavates and reveals the many ways in which genomic studies of racial differences are typically grounded in deep-seated common lay assumptions about race. In so doing, he contributes to a growing body of literature that documents how, in this era of "Post-Genomics", lay racial thinking persists and remains embedded in much human genetic research. -- Troy Duster, Emeritus Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Berkeley
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About Johnny E. Williams

Johnny E. Williams is associate professor of sociology at Trinity College.
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Table of contents

Foreword, Joseph L. Graves, Jr. Chapter 1: Genomics' 'Race' Legacy Chapter 2: Socialized Interpreters Chapter 3: Racialized Culture-Genomic Nexus Chapter 4: Racialization via Assertions of Objectivity and Heuristic Practice Chapter 5: 'Bad Science' Discourse as Covering for Racial Thinking Chapter 6: Reorienting Genomics
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