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Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century

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A decade after the Human Genome Project proved that human beings are not naturally divided by race, the emerging fields of personalized medicine, reproductive technologies, genetic genealogy, and DNA databanks are attempting to resuscitate race as a biological category written in our genes. In this provocative analysis, leading legal scholar and social critic Dorothy Roberts argues that America is once again at the brink of a virulent outbreak of classifying population by race. By searching for differences at the molecular level, a new race-based science is obscuring racism in our society and legitimizing state brutality against communities of color at a time when America claims to be post-racial.

Moving from an account of the evolution of race—proving that it has always been a mutable and socially defined political division supported by mainstream science—Roberts delves deep into the current debates, interrogating the newest science and biotechnology, interviewing its researchers, and exposing the political consequences obscured by the focus on genetic difference. Fatal Invention is a provocative call for us to affirm our common humanity.

Review:

"Roberts, a lawyer and sociology professor, examines the development and contemporary consequences of 'race as a political system,' bringing science, law, commerce, and race ideologies, virtual thickets of controversy, under one canopy. After demonstrating how, historically, 'race was literally manufactured by law,' and offering an admirably intelligible account of genomic theory, she considers the extent to which the new approaches 'tend to merely repackage race as a genetic category rather than replace it.' DNA becomes a 'marketable commodity,' one consequence being that 'race soon became the linchpin for turning the vision of tomorrow's personalized medicine into today's profit-making drugs.' As she assesses the 'new biopolitics of race,' she argues that 'Race-based medicine gives people a morally acceptable reason to hold onto their belief in intrinsic racial difference.' While 'pharmacogenomics,' 'epigenetic,' and 'allele' are not in most of our conversations, and while the specialized journals Roberts has made germane use of, for support or to controvert, are not most readers' regular stuff, Roberts is consistently lucid. Her book is alarming but not alarmist, controversial but evidential, impassioned but rational. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Controversial biological concepts of race have long played a role in US politics. Roberts (Northwestern U. School of Law; Institute for Policy Research) examines how current genomic science and biotechnologies are being leveraged to maintain the racial sociopolitical order. Despite the Human Genome Project's demonstration that race cannot be identified at the genetic level, she argues that race is being redefined at this level by government policies and pharmaceutical marketing that reinforce arbitrary racial categories and stereotypes with adverse consequences. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland and Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. She is the author of Killing the Black Body and Shattered Bonds. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part I: Believing in Race in the Genomic Age

1. The Invention of Race

2. Separating Racial Science from Racism

Part II: The New Racial Science

3. Redefining Race in Genetic Terms

4. Medical Stereotyping

5. The Allure of Race in Biomedical Research

6. Embodying Race

Part III: The New Racial Technology

7. Pharmacoethnicity

8. Color-Coded Pills

9. Race and the New Biocitizen

10. Tracing Racial Roots

Part IV: The New Biopolitics of Race

11. Genetic Surveillance

12. Biological Race in a “Postracial” America

Conclusion: The Crossroads

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781595584953
Author:
Roberts, Dorothy
Publisher:
New Press
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Roberts, a lawyer and sociology professor, examines the development and contemporary consequences of 'race as a political system,' bringing science, law, commerce, and race ideologies, virtual thickets of controversy, under one canopy. After demonstrating how, historically, 'race was literally manufactured by law,' and offering an admirably intelligible account of genomic theory, she considers the extent to which the new approaches 'tend to merely repackage race as a genetic category rather than replace it.' DNA becomes a 'marketable commodity,' one consequence being that 'race soon became the linchpin for turning the vision of tomorrow's personalized medicine into today's profit-making drugs.' As she assesses the 'new biopolitics of race,' she argues that 'Race-based medicine gives people a morally acceptable reason to hold onto their belief in intrinsic racial difference.' While 'pharmacogenomics,' 'epigenetic,' and 'allele' are not in most of our conversations, and while the specialized journals Roberts has made germane use of, for support or to controvert, are not most readers' regular stuff, Roberts is consistently lucid. Her book is alarming but not alarmist, controversial but evidential, impassioned but rational. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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