Fatal Invention : How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century

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  • Copyright: 9/4/2012
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

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A decade after the Human Genome Project proved that human beings are not naturally divided by race, scientists are attempting to resuscitate race as a biological category. In this provocative analysis, leading legal scholar and social critic Dorothy Roberts argues that America is once again at the brink of a virulent outbreak of classifying population by race. By searching for differences at the molecular level, a new race-based science is obscuring racism in society and legitimising state brutality against communities at a time when America claims to be post-racial.

Author Biography

Dorothy Roberts is the fourteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is the 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 Health Imperative and lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Believing in Race in the Genomic Agep. 1
The Invention of Racep. 3
Separating Racial Science from Racismp. 26
The New Racial Sciencep. 55
Redefining Race in Genetic Termsp. 57
Medical Stereotypingp. 81
The Allure of Race in Biomedical Researchp. 104
Embodying Racep. 123
The New Racial Technologyp. 147
Pharmacoethnicityp. 149
Color-Coded Pillsp. 168
Race and the New Biocitizenp. 202
Tracing Racial Rootsp. 226
The New Biopolitics of Racep. 259
Genetic Surveillancep. 261
Biological Race in a "Postracial" Americap. 287
Conclusion: The Crossroadsp. 309
Acknowledgmentsp. 313
Notesp. 317
Indexp. 372
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