“A native New Yorker, Ann Morning is an associate professor of sociology at New York University and the author of The Nature of Race (University of California Press, 2011). In this essay she explores race and its categories in historical perspective.
“Race” is a familiar, everyday word for Americans, one that we routinely come across when we open a newspaper or fill out a form. Yet there is no scientific consensus about what exactly the term denotes. As I report in The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference, even academics within the same discipline, like biology or anthropology, disagree on how best to define the concept of race.”
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