The Evolution of Race Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Evolution of Race
A look at whether race has evolved due to biology and/or social constructs.
# 119885 | 1,642 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 27, 2010 in Sociology (Theory) , African-American Studies (Racism) , Anthropology (General)


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Description:

The paper questions whether there is a biological difference between races or if it is a cultural separation that we, as the human species, have created in our need to have superiority over others. The paper examines both biological and cultural evolution approaches and concludes that while observations concerning human variation can be used to discuss race, race turns into racism when variability in outward appearance is thought to correlate with other characteristics such as intelligence or moral character.

Outline:
The Biological Evolution Approach
The Cultural Evolution Approach
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Race is defined as a body of individuals that spring from a common breed or stock. This definition does not tell us much but how races are determined within the human species. The concept of race has been a continuingly confusing and controversial term despite its importance as social science and biological subject matter. There are two different ways to look at race - biologically and socially (or culturally). How does one decide if race is a biological or cultural term? Is there a biological difference between races or is it a cultural separation that we, as the human species, have created in our need to have superiority over others? The basic concept of race has been rejected over the years by many people, including scientists and anthropologists, which has lead the general population to question whether race has evolved due to biology, social constructs, both, or neither."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andreasen, Robin O. "Race: Biological Reality or Social Construct?" Philosophy of Science 67.2 (2000): S653-S666.
  • Fortney, Nancy D. "The Anthropological Concept of Race." Journal of Black Studies 8.1 (1977): 35-54.
  • Gosden, Chris. "Race and Racism in Archaeology: Introduction." World Archaeology 38:1 (2006): 1-7.
  • Jablonski, Nina G. "The Evolution of Human Skin and Skin Color." Annual Review of Anthropology 33.1 (2004): 585-623.
  • Vora, Erika. "Evolution of Race: A Synthesis of Social and Biological Concepts." Journal of Black Studies 12.2 (1981): 182-192.

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