Book ID: CBB367035062

Bodies complexioned: Human variation and racism in early modern English culture, c. 1600-1750 (2019)


Dawson, Mark S. (Author)

Manchester University Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 304
Language: English

Bodily contrasts from the colour of hair, eyes and skin to the shape of faces and skeletons - allowed the English of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries to discriminate systematically among themselves and against non-Anglophone groups. Making use of an array of sources, this book examines how early modern English people understood bodily difference. It demonstrates that individuals' distinctive features were considered innate, even as discrete populations were believed to have characteristics in common, and challenges the idea that the humeral theory of bodily composition was incompatible with visceral inequality or racism. While 'race' had not assumed its modern valence, and 'racial' ideologies were still to come, such typecasting nonetheless had mundane, lasting consequences. Grounded in humoral physiology, and Christian universalism notwithstanding, bodily prejudices inflected social stratification, domestic politics, sectarian division and international relations.

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Authors & Contributors
Sarah Fox
Decamp, E.
Ramos, Nic John
Chanoff, David
Garau, Rodolfo
Orelli Barnaba, Giovanni Pietro
Social History of Medicine
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Science in Context
Journal of the Early Republic
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Manchester University Press
University of London Press
University of California, Riverside
Voltaire Foundation
University of Rochester Press
Medicine and society
Medicine and race
Human physiology
Medicine and politics
Briggs, William
J. Alfred Cannon
Louis Jolyon West
Willis, Thomas
Rush, Benjamin
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
16th century
19th century
20th century
Early modern
United States
Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS)
University of California

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