“Once in a while, but very rarely, a book comes along that clarifies and reorients a whole field of study. Race: Are We So Different? is such a book. Goodman, Moses, and Jones clearly and powerfully inform and enlighten the reader, not only about the latest scientific understandings of race, but also about why democracy and freedom depend on those understandings. This book is a triumph! Highly recommended for course adoption across the disciplines...”
- Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Anthropology covers such a broad scope from basic biology to social science. Rarely are these dimensions covered in a single source as they are in this admirable book. As the late Frank Livingstone said: ‘There are no races, there are only clines’ where ‘cline’ is the graded representation of a single trait.”
- C. Loring Brace, University of Michigan
“This is a fundamental reference, combining lively reading with authoritative scholarship and an imaginative selection of visuals. The book is both a classroom basic and a resource for students of race and racism at all levels.”
- Jane Hill, University of Arizona
“This book brings together compelling evidence from many disciplines to show that while the social construction of race is very real with tangible consequences, the biology of race is a powerful myth. It is important, absorbing, educational and masterful in its telling.”
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- Daryl G Smith, Claremont Graduate University
From the Back Cover
Illustrated in full color with images from the popular national public education project and museum exhibition of the American Anthropological Association, RACE: Are We So Different? offers a primer on the central idea of race and on how this notion has changed throughout our history. Goodman, Moses, and Jones explore the contemporary experiences of race and racism in the United States, and the often invisible ways that race influences laws, traditions, and social institutions. New and engaging essays by noted scholars provide examples from their individual experiences, history, and science to deal with the concepts of race and human variation.
RACE: Are We So Different? is an accessible and fascinating look at the idea of race, demonstrating how popular belief is often inconsistent with current scientific understanding. More information on the exhibition and further teaching resources may be found at www.understandingrace.org.