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Race, Nature and Culture: An Anthropological Perspective (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

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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.Wade argues that, over previous centuries in the West, human nature has been conceptualized as a combination of pre-determined and flexible factors. In the twentieth century, despite the nature versus nurture debate, our understanding of what makes up human identity and character continues to blur the boundaries between the two. Exploring the complex interconnection between nature and culture in making persons what they are, Wade argues that these ideas of biology and nature that underwrite racial discourse are more complex than they seem. Using studies of public understandings of genetics and of ideas about the "natural" ties of kinship, he shows that everyday understandings of race still invoke "biology" and "blood," and that the common assumption of a general shift to "cultural racism" is premature.Offering a clear and insightful explanation of the key issues, Wade argues that biology is not seen as a clearly fixed category. Looking at race from the unusual perspective of anthropology, he develops the idea of biology as a process, and contends that racial identity may become embodied. The sedimentation of the cultural effects of racial identity into the physical body underlies the apparent contradiction between race as fixed and race as flexible.

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Integrating material from the history of science, science studies, and anthropological studies of kinship and new reproductive technologies, as well as studies of race, Wade (social anthropology, U. of Manchester, UK) explores the meaning of such terms and queries the relationship between nature and culture in ideas about race. Distributed by Stylus.
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Taking the study of race beyond Western notions of the individual, Wade argues for an anthropological understanding of the connections between race, sex and gender.

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A rethinking of popular political movements, this book looks at new, emerging, mass visions and analyses their impact and potential in new ways.

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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.

About the Author

Peter Wade is a lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. His previous title for Pluto Press is Race and Ethnicity in Latin America.

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

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References Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745314549
Author:
Wade, Peter
Publisher:
Pluto Press (UK)
Location:
London
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Culture
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Race
Subject:
Kinship
Subject:
Sociobiology
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Anthropology, Culture and Society (Paperback)
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.47 x 5.32 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Taking the study of race beyond Western notions of the individual, Wade argues for an anthropological understanding of the connections between race, sex and gender.
"Synopsis" by ,
A rethinking of popular political movements, this book looks at new, emerging, mass visions and analyses their impact and potential in new ways.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.
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