Biology and Culture in Theories of Race

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Biology and Culture in Theories of Race
Introduction
Is there a biological justification for the concept of different human races? This is a question that has been posed, theorized, and researched for as long as anthropology has existed as a discipline. Despite some conflicting ideas and findings, the consensus seems to be that in fact there is no significant biological distinction to be made between races, and furthermore, even defining race is a serious methodological problem. This essay explores the evidence from biology or racial classification, and examines some historical and cultural reasons for the persistence of the flawed theory that races can be distinguished based on biological differences. It concludes by arguing that the...
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.....e in terms of their effect on views of race. For this reason it is likely that the problem of racism and the persistence of the idea that Europeans, Africans, Asians, and so on are all biologically distinct might have to be solved at the cultural level.
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