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Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century
Contributor(s): Roberts, Dorothy
ISBN: 1595588345     ISBN-13: 9781595588340
Publisher: New Pr
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 2012
Annotation: Explores the ways science, politics, and large corporations affect race in the twenty-first century, discussing the efforts and results of the Human Genome Project, and describing how technology-driven science researchers are developing a genetic definition of race.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Race; Social aspects.
Race; Political aspects.
Race; Economic aspects.
BISAC Categories:
- Science | Life Sciences
Dewey: 305.8
LCCN: 2011012830
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (1.15 lbs) 388 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Dorothy Roberts is the fourteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She is the author of the award-winning Killing the Black Body and Shattered Bonds and is the co-editor of six books on gender and constitutional law. She serves as chair of the board of directors of the Black Women’s Healthy Imperative and lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 May #1)

Roberts, a lawyer and sociology professor, examines the development and contemporary consequences of "race as a political system," bringing science, law, commerce, and race ideologies, virtual thickets of controversy, under one canopy. After demonstrating how, historically, "race was literally manufactured by law," and offering an admirably intelligible account of genomic theory, she considers the extent to which the new approaches "tend to merely repackage race as a genetic category rather than replace it." DNA becomes a "marketable commodity," one consequence being that "race soon became the linchpin for turning the vision of tomorrow's personalized medicine into today's profit-making drugs." As she assesses the "new biopolitics of race," she argues that "Race-based medicine gives people a morally acceptable reason to hold onto their belief in intrinsic racial difference." While "pharmacogenomics," "epigenetic," and "allele" are not in most of our conversations, and while the specialized journals Roberts has made germane use of, for support or to controvert, are not most readers' regular stuff, Roberts is consistently lucid. Her book is alarming but not alarmist, controversial but evidential, impassioned but rational. (July)

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