Book ID: CBB704726330

Darwinism, Democracy, and Race: American Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology in the Twentieth Century (2017)


Jackson, John P. (Author)
Depew, David J. (Author)


Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 252 pp.
Language: English

Darwinism, Democracy, and Race examines the development and defence of an argument that arose at the boundary between anthropology and evolutionary biology in twentieth-century America. In its fully articulated form, this argument simultaneously discredited scientific racism and defended free human agency in Darwinian terms. The volume is timely because it gives readers a key to assessing contemporary debates about the biology of race. By working across disciplinary lines, the book’s focal figures--the anthropologist Franz Boas, the cultural anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, the geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky, and the physical anthropologist Sherwood Washburn--found increasingly persuasive ways of cutting between genetic determinist and social constructionist views of race by grounding Boas’s racially egalitarian, culturally relativistic, and democratically pluralistic ethic in a distinctive version of the genetic theory of natural selection. Collaborators in making and defending this argument included Ashley Montagu, Stephen Jay Gould, and Richard Lewontin. Darwinism, Democracy, and Race will appeal to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and academics interested in subjects including Philosophy, Critical Race Theory, Sociology of Race, History of Biology and Anthropology, and Rhetoric of Science.

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Authors & Contributors
Farber, Paul Lawrence
Smocovitis, Vassiliki Betty
Jewett, Andrew
Richardson, Sarah
Anderson, Mark
Jackson, John P., Jr.
Journal of the History of Biology
Mendel Newsletter
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
History of European Ideas
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society
University of Oklahoma Press
American Philosophical Society
Liverpool University Press
Cambridge University Press
New York University
Johns Hopkins University
Science and race
Cultural anthropology
Science and culture
Boas, Franz
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
Montagu, Ashley
Benedict, Ruth Fulton
Gould, Stephen Jay
Coon, Carleton Stevens
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain
Columbia University
American Museum of Natural History, New York

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