Thesis ID: CBB082161416

Perspectives on the Origins and Effects of Racial Ideology: Key Arguments in Contemporary Scholarship (2021)


Jacobs, Lizbeth V. (Author)
Herron, James (Advisor)

Harvard University
Herron, James
Publication date: 2021
Language: English

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 113

This work is a comparative analysis of three diverse approaches on science, economics and politics and their respective interrelationship to race concluding that science itself might be both the product of and the cause of racial ideology; that a capitalist economic structure is the main driver behind America’s racial structure; and, that racial ideology has a major influence on the current political environment. Analyzed in this work are Eduardo Bonilla Silva’s Racism Without Racists, Audrey Smedley’s Race in North America, and Mona Sue Weissmark’s The science of Diversity. An analysis of Smedley and Weissmark’s work reveals that racial ideology developed through centuries old classifications of human beings along a hierarchical structure. The examination of the works of Smedley and Bonilla-Silva spans from the early sixteenth century through present day and shows how a capitalist ideology spurred the formation of a racial ideology that engendered slavery and led to economic structures destined to produce racial economic inequality. Finally, and utilizing all three works, the study undertakes the use of race to sway the public’s political decisions, specifically, the perceptions of politicians like former President Barack Obama and how race influenced the election of former President Donald Trump while highlighting the salience of race in the political arena. The study produces an enhanced understanding of the elements that undergird racial structures, leading to a conclusion that race and racism are not independent forces in our society.

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Authors & Contributors
Alexander, Denis R.
Chassé, Daniel Speich
Conway, Erik M.
Delle, James A.
Deringer, William Peter
Dikötter, Frank
Science as Culture
Acta Historica Leopoldina
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Business History Review
Comparative Studies in Society and History
French History
Tulane University
Florida State University
Melville House
Pickering & Chatto
Princeton University Press
Science and race
Science and politics
Darwin, Charles Robert
Bernier, François
Foucault, Michel
Kant, Immanuel
Keynes, John Maynard, 1st Baron
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
21st century
United States

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