Race: Part II

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781405189897
StatePublished - Jul 14 2011


  • Antirealism in philosophy and social sciences-inviting racist scientists
  • Critical biogeography-a realist geography of human variation, engaging with physical sciences as more than just discourses
  • Cultural relativism in anthropology and American social phenomenology-arguments about race being a "social construction "
  • Epistemological realism, distinguishing itself-from idealism and nominalism, granting a full reality to things and physical processes independent from human minds
  • Naive realism and objectivism-driving the social sciences, invested in some form of eugenic politics
  • Physical variation, still knowable-new methods of population genetics
  • Race, is it Real?-with every philosophical generation, debates about "what reality is" flaring up anew
  • Racist cultures, inventing categories-biologically speaking, continuities and many exceptions
  • Social scientists, cannot simply ignore genetic and anatomical factors
  • Such realism about knowledge-effects, de rigueur when it comes to race

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