The conventional wisdom in contemporary social science claims that human races are not biologically valid categories. Many argue the very words 'race' and 'racial differences' should be abolished because they support racism. In Race, Vincent Sarich and Frank Miele challenge both these tenets. First, they cite the historical record, the art and literature of other civilizations and cultures, morphological studies, cognitive psychology, and the latest research in medical genetics, forensics, and the human genome to demonstrate that racial differences are not trivial, but very real. They conclude with the paradox that, while, scientific honesty requires forthright recognition of racial differences, public policy should not recognize racial-group membership. The evidence and issues raised in this book will be of critical interest to students of race in behavioral and political science, medicine, and law.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Opening Statement -- Race and the Law -- Race and History -- Anthropology as the Science of Race -- Resolving the Primate Tree -- Homo sapiens and Its Races -- The Two “Miracles” That Made Humankind -- Race and Physical Differences -- Race and Behavior -- Learning to Live with Race