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Themed Book Review Section: Race and Science

Themed Book Review Section: Race and Science 583668 SREXXX10.1177/2332649215583668Sociology of Race and EthnicityEditorial editorial2015 Book Reviews Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2015, Vol. 1(3) 460 © American Sociological Association 2015 Themed Book Review DOI: 10.1177/2332649215583668 sre.sagepub.com Section: Race and Science Over the first few years of Sociology of Race and Research into genetics, and into pharmaceuticals Ethnicity, the book review section will have themed and skin lightening (Mire 2012), is of major interest issues on a regular basis. This first themed set of to both public authorities and private companies. reviews highlights monographs focused on the This is a world whose implications are felt in impor- intersection of race and science: three on the United tant global industries and practices. Far from having States (by Jonathan Kahn, Catherine Bliss, and become irrelevant to race, science appears to be Ruha Benjamin) and one on Latin America (edited playing roles just as important now as in the 1800s. by Peter Wade, Carlos López Beltrán, Eduardo Categories are made and used as the basis for further Restrepo, and Ricardo Ventura Santos). research, thus entrenching those categories in the Why race and science? Well, it is a perennial social world. Moreover, bodies are expressly love-hate relationship. For anyone who has studied reshaped and recolored in various configurations to the history of racism, the roles of scientists since the present the people inhabiting them as more beauti- late eighteenth century have been pivotal in creating ful, more successful, more modern (Blay 2011; and propagating ideas about race, specifically linking Glenn 2009). There are plenty more points at which physical appearance, cultural achievement, social sociologists could intervene in the contemporary hierarchies, and intelligence (Duster 2003; Eze 1997; story of race and science than these. I hope this set of Gould, 1996). Sciences of the body and its measure- book reviews will give us food for thought. ment emerged and bled into the social sciences. Although the orthodoxy within social science is Steve Garner, The Open University, UK now to understand race as a feature of the social Book Reviews Editor world but not of the natural world, there is a con- stant tension between these poles. It is a palpable REfEREncES presence in the classroom and a legacy that haunts Blay, Yaba A. 2011. “Skin Bleaching and Global White our engagement with each other. Supremacy: By Way of Introduction.” Journal of Occasionally a scientist makes a statement so Pan African Studies 4(4):4–46. unusual in its context that it becomes a media Duster, Troy. 2003. Backdoor to Eugenics. New York: focus. In 2007, Nobel prize–winning James Routledge. Watson, who discovered the structure of DNA in Eze, Emmanuel. 1997. Race and the Enlightenment: A the 1960s, told us that African Americans were less Reader. Oxford, UK: John Wiley. intelligent than other groups. A few years later, Glenn, Evelyn, ed. 2009. Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Satoshi Kanozawa, a London School of Economics Gould, Stephen. 1996. The Mismeasure of Man. New Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, concluded York: W. W. Norton & Co. that black women were less attractive than others. Mire, Amina. 2012. “The Scientification of Skin Most recently, journalist Nicholas Wade’s A Whitening and the Entrepreneurial University-linked Troublesome Inheritance triggered anger and con- Corporate Scientific Officer.” Canadian Journal of troversy with its insistence that race has real bio- Science, Mathematics and Technology Education logical and genetic dimensions. 12(3):272–91. Yet while these dramas play out fleetingly in the Wade, Nicholas. 2014. A Troublesome Inheritance: public domain, much more enduring processes are Genes, Race and Human History. New York: under way in the world of scientific research. Penguin. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Race and Ethnicity SAGE

Themed Book Review Section: Race and Science

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583668 SREXXX10.1177/2332649215583668Sociology of Race and EthnicityEditorial editorial2015 Book Reviews Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2015, Vol. 1(3) 460 © American Sociological Association 2015 Themed Book Review DOI: 10.1177/2332649215583668 sre.sagepub.com Section: Race and Science Over the first few years of Sociology of Race and Research into genetics, and into pharmaceuticals Ethnicity, the book review section will have themed and skin lightening (Mire 2012), is of major interest issues on a regular basis. This first themed set of to both public authorities and private companies. reviews highlights monographs focused on the This is a world whose implications are felt in impor- intersection of race and science: three on the United tant global industries and practices. Far from having States (by Jonathan Kahn, Catherine Bliss, and become irrelevant to race, science appears to be Ruha Benjamin) and one on Latin America (edited playing roles just as important now as in the 1800s. by Peter Wade, Carlos López Beltrán, Eduardo Categories are made and used as the basis for further Restrepo, and Ricardo Ventura Santos). research, thus entrenching those categories in the Why race and science? Well, it is a perennial social world. Moreover, bodies are expressly love-hate relationship. For anyone who has studied reshaped and recolored in various configurations to the history of racism, the roles of scientists since the present the people inhabiting them as more beauti- late eighteenth century have been pivotal in creating ful, more successful, more modern (Blay 2011; and propagating ideas about race, specifically linking Glenn 2009). There are plenty more points at which physical appearance, cultural achievement, social sociologists could intervene in the contemporary hierarchies, and intelligence (Duster 2003; Eze 1997; story of race and science than these. I hope this set of Gould, 1996). Sciences of the body and its measure- book reviews will give us food for thought. ment emerged and bled into the social sciences. Although the orthodoxy within social science is Steve Garner, The Open University, UK now to understand race as a feature of the social Book Reviews Editor world but not of the natural world, there is a con- stant tension between these poles. It is a palpable REfEREncES presence in the classroom and a legacy that haunts Blay, Yaba A. 2011. “Skin Bleaching and Global White our engagement with each other. Supremacy: By Way of Introduction.” Journal of Occasionally a scientist makes a statement so Pan African Studies 4(4):4–46. unusual in its context that it becomes a media Duster, Troy. 2003. Backdoor to Eugenics. New York: focus. In 2007, Nobel prize–winning James Routledge. Watson, who discovered the structure of DNA in Eze, Emmanuel. 1997. Race and the Enlightenment: A the 1960s, told us that African Americans were less Reader. Oxford, UK: John Wiley. intelligent than other groups. A few years later, Glenn, Evelyn, ed. 2009. Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Satoshi Kanozawa, a London School of Economics Gould, Stephen. 1996. The Mismeasure of Man. New Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, concluded York: W. W. Norton & Co. that black women were less attractive than others. Mire, Amina. 2012. “The Scientification of Skin Most recently, journalist Nicholas Wade’s A Whitening and the Entrepreneurial University-linked Troublesome Inheritance triggered anger and con- Corporate Scientific Officer.” Canadian Journal of troversy with its insistence that race has real bio- Science, Mathematics and Technology Education logical and genetic dimensions. 12(3):272–91. Yet while these dramas play out fleetingly in the Wade, Nicholas. 2014. A Troublesome Inheritance: public domain, much more enduring processes are Genes, Race and Human History. New York: under way in the world of scientific research. Penguin.

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