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The Myth of Race Paperback – November 27, 2012
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- William S. Cohen, former Senator and U.S. Secretary of Defense
"Scientists and scholars around the world have concurred that the idea of race has no basis in science. The Myth of Race, is an admirable attempt to explain and explore this new perspective on human variation."
- Audrey Smedley, PhD, author, Race in North America
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As a recent graduate with an advanced degree in the learning and teaching of languages, I was delighted to discover that the model for human diversity which remains once Dr. Fish has carefully removed layers of stubborn untruths is similar to our model of language development. Just as language change throughout history resembles subtle webs of variation in human language use rather than socially-constructed hierarchies and discrete entities, the model which best describes human biological diversity is a "tangled lattice."
But why do such myths persist? Not only does Dr. Fish's work present key understandings about the differences between biological and cultural conceptions of human beings and how these conceptions surface in institutions such as the national census and education based on IQ testing, he also includes a final chapter which hypothesizes a plausible reason for the persistence of race based on the work of biologist, Richard Dawkins, and his concept of "the meme.Read more ›
Jeff's explanations are clear, and the book, for all the ominous possibilities of an academic text, is a very entertaining read. From the standpoint of diversity studies it well could be a game changer. If I were designing a curriculum and wanted to ease students into a thorough study of people's perceptions of race, "The Myth of Race" would be an excellent starting point.
But aside from the book being an explanation of the misconceptions of race, this is written in such a straightforward, logical style that it ought to be a must read for everyone in our society. Of course, the only way that practically happens is if it's on a core requirement reading list in school. If I was marketing this personally, I'd be rapping on every sociology department head's door in college and every school district adding diversity studies in high school.
Jeff's book goes a long way to explain that biological race simply doesn't exist and that race is a social way of creating a cultural category for labeling people that vary. His book goes a long way to understanding the concept of race and dispels the myths. Racism is a "socially learned response to socially defined races.Read more ›
Hillel Halkin MD, author of: Telling Silences. A Doctor's Tales of Denial.
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The usual soft-left counter-reality crap. There really is a difference in races, IQ is at the top of the pile of mind-bendingly big differences. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Phil T. Tipp
I agree with the scientists that there is no such thing as race, only trivial biological variations, and that it is a term that society came up with long ago. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Markus Youssef
Jefferson Fish provides a perspective on race that most don't consider. For example, how is the biology of race so much different than the culture of race, and why has our society... Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Leigh Harris
Jefferson M. Fish, PhD is Professor Emeritus of psychology at Saint John's University, New York City, where he served as department chair and as director of the doctoral program in... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by William Courson