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Race: Are We So Different?
30 October 2012
Is race real? What do we really know about race?
Race is a short word with a long history in the United States of America. RACE: Are We So Different? explores the central idea of race and how this notion has been challenged and changed throughout history.
Illustrated in full color with images from the popular US national public education project and museum exhibition of the American Anthropological Association, RACE: Are We So Different? offers a primer on the complex science of human variation and the history and lived experiences of race and racism.
"This book brings together compelling evidence from many disciplines to show that ... the biology of race is a powerful myth. It is important, absorbing, educational, and masterful in its telling." - Daryl G. Smith
New and engaging essays by prominent social scientists and scientists provide examples from their personal experiences and individual research projects, revealing the different ways that the idea and realities of race and racism are experienced.
More information on the exhibition, the award-winning website materials and further teaching resources may be found at www.understandingrace.org.
About the Authors
Alan H. Goodman is Professor of Biological Anthropology and the former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Hampshire College, Goodman has written extensively on human variation and the biological consequences of inequality and poverty. He co-leads the national public education project sponsored by the AAA and funded by NSF and the Ford Foundation. Goodman is a past President of the AAA.
Yolanda T. Moses is Professor of Anthropology, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Excellence and Equity at the University of California, Riverside. A cultural anthropologist, she has published extensively on issues of social inequality in complex societies and cultural diversity in higher education in the United State, India and South Africa. She co-leads the national public education project sponsored by the AAA and funded by NSF and the Ford Foundation. Moses is a past President of the AAA.
Joseph L. Jones was RACE project manager for the American Anthropological Association. He also has written extensively on race and the stresses of enslavement, including a thesis on “The Political Ecology of Early Childhood Lead in Enslaved Africans from the New York African Burial Ground”. Jones is in the Department of Anthropology at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Sponsored by the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world’s largest professional organization of scholars and practitioners in the field of anthropology. With over 11,000 members, the Arlington, Virginia-based association includes archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, biological anthropologists, linguists and applied anthropologists throughout the world. AAA publishes 22 peer-reviewed scholarly journals and conducts the largest annual meeting of anthropologists in the world.