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Race and Human Diversity

A Biocultural Approach, 2nd Edition

By Robert L. Anemone


228 pages | 60 B/W Illus.

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Race and Human Diversity is an introduction to the study of human diversity in both its biological and cultural dimensions. Robert L. Anemone examines the biological basis of human difference and how humans have biologically and culturally adapted to life in different environments. The book discusses the history of the race concept, evolutionary theory, human genetics, and the connections between racial classifications and racism. It invites students to question the existence of race as biology, but to recognize race as a social construction with significant implications for the lived experience of individuals and populations.

This second edition has been thoroughly revised, with new material on human genetic diversity, developmental plasticity and epigenetics. There is additional coverage of the history of eugenics; race in US history, citizenship and migration; affirmative action; and white privilege and the burden of race. Fully accessible for undergraduate students with no prior knowledge of genetics or statistics, this is a key text for any student taking an introductory class on race or human diversity.

Table of Contents

1. Race and Biocultural Diversity in Humans

2. The History of the Race Concept

3. Charles Darwin and Evolutionary Theory

4. Genetics from Mendel to Unraveling the Human Genome

5. Human Adaptation: Thermoregulation and Skin Color

6. Human Adaptation: Life at High Altitude

7. A Biocultural Examination of Nutrition, Health, and Growth

8. Race, Intelligence, and Eugenics

9. Race as a Social Construction

About the Author

Robert L. Anemone is Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Physical