Race, Nature and Culture

Race, Nature and Culture : An Anthropological Perspective

3.57 (7 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 10 business days
When will my order arrive?

Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas

Description

Since the controversial scientific race theories of the 1930s, anthropologists have generally avoided directly addressing the issue of race, viewing it as a social construct. Challenging this tradition, Peter Wade proposes in this volume that anthropologists can in fact play an important role in the study of race. Wade is critical of contemporary theoretical studies of race formulated within the contexts of colonial history, sociology and cultural studies. Instead he argues for a new direction; one which anthropology is well placed to explore. Taking the study of race beyond Western notions of the individual, Wade argues for new paradigms in social science, in particular in the development of connections between race, sex and gender. An understanding of these issues within an anthropological context, he contends, is vital for defining personhood and identity. Race is often defined by its reference to biology, 'blood,' genes, nature or essence. Yet these concepts are often left unexamined. Integrating material from the history of science, science studies, and anthropological studies of kinship and new reproductive technologies, as well as from studies of race, Peter Wade explores the meaning of such terms and interrogates the relationship between nature and culture in ideas about race.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 132.6 x 227.1 x 15mm | 331.13g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745314597
  • 9780745314594

About Peter Wade

Peter Wade is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. He is the author of Race and Sex in Latin America (Pluto, 2009) and Race, Nature and Culture (Pluto, 2002).show more

Table of contents

1. Defining Race 2. Existing approaches to race 3. Historicising Racialised Natures. 4. Genetics and kinship: the interpenetration of nature and culture 5. Race, nature and culture 6. Embodying racialised natures Coda References Cited Indexshow more

Rating details

7 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
5 29% (2)
4 14% (1)
3 43% (3)
2 14% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X