Eugenics, Part 2
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4M ago
In this episode we describe some of the early roots of eugenics and Erik describes his three-ingredient model for eugenics ..read more
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A Deeper Sickness
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by Speaking of Race
9M ago
In this episode we interview Erik Peterson about the book he recently released with fellow historian, Margaret Peacock, about the crazy pandemic year of 2020. Race features prominently throughout! Some resources: The website that accompanies the book: https://adhc.lib.ua.edu/pandemicbook/ The book: https://www.amazon.com/Deeper-Sickness-Journal-America-Pandemic/dp/0807040290 ..read more
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Top 5 Scientific Racisms
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by Speaking of Race
9M ago
In this episode we respond to a listener question about our top 5 examples of scientific racism. Unfortunately, in the five years of this podcast, we’ve only discussed two of these people/topics, so we’ve got a lot of work to do to get up to speed. Here are some resources for our examples. Some resources 1. The Bell Curve Gould, S. J. (1996). The Mismeasure of Man (Revised and Expanded ed.). New York: WW Norton & Company. Herrnstein, R., & Murray, C. A. (1994). The Bell Curve: Intelligence and class structure in American life. New York: Free Press. Bindon, J., Peterson, E.L.. Weaver, L ..read more
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Great is whose sin?
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by Speaking of Race
10M ago
At least since Stephen Jay Gould's 1981 classic Mismeasure of Man, Darwin has been characterized as a kindly anti-racist while Morton has been characterized as a founding father of scientific racism. We argue that the two men were much more alike in their views on both slavery and race ..read more
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Racism Not Race
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by Speaking of Race
1y ago
In this episode, we talk with evolutionary biologist Joe Graves and biological anthropologist Alan Goodman about their roles as thought leaders on public education around race, racism, and science (https://cup.columbia.edu/book/racism-not-race/9780231200660). They tell us about how they came to collaborate on their new book Racism not Race: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, which tackles many of these issues. As promised, here are the links to the Wikipedia pages for Joe (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Joseph_L._Graves_Jr.&oldid=1051037675) and for Alan (https://en.wikiped ..read more
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Eugenics, part 1
Speaking of Race
by Speaking of Race
1y ago
Eugenics: the science and practice of promoting “good breeding” among humans. An early-20th-century movement so steeped in white supremacy that even some white people don’t count, much less people of color. Here we begin a series with more than you ever wanted to know about the sinister history of eugenics, including mass sterilization campaigns in the US and direct connections to the Holocaust ..read more
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Race and Ancestry in Forensic Anthropology
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by Speaking of Race
1y ago
The idea that race is a biological reality has hung on longest and strongest in the parts of biological anthropology that deal with skeletal remains. In this episode we talk with two forensic anthropologists, Sean Tallman and Allysha Winburn, about how typological notions of race and ancestry have changed over time in this segment of the discipline. They have published a recent paper discussing this change (Tallman, S. D., Parr, N. M., & Winburn, A. P. (2021). Assumed Differences; Unquestioned Typologies: The Oversimplification of Race and Ancestry in Forensic Anthropology. Forensic Anthro ..read more
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Firmin
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by Speaking of Race
1y ago
Racial equality is a new idea, right? Wrong! Meet Anténor Firmin, renegade Haitian intellectual of the late 19th century. He traveled all over the world, duked it out with elite scientific racists, hung out with Frederick Douglass, even ran for president -- but was exiled. Twice. On this episode, we discuss the Haitian anthropologist whose work is finally gaining the recognition it deserves, and why you've never heard of him. Here's the script with resources: http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/uploads/1/1/0/5/110557873/joseph_ant%C3%A9nor_firmin.pdf ..read more
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Skin Color, part 2
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by Speaking of Race
1y ago
In this episode we finish our discussion of skin color with genetic and evolutionary models proposed throughout the 20th and into the 21st century. Spoiler alert: It's complicated! Script and resources available here: http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/uploads/1/1/0/5/110557873/skin_color_-_2.pdf ..read more
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History of Skin Color
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by Speaking of Race
1y ago
Skin color is a seminal feature associated with race. In this episode we begin a discussion of where some of the ideas about skin color came from. Here's a heavily footnoted and referenced script for the episode: http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/uploads/1/1/0/5/110557873/skin_color_part_1.pdf ..read more
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