Reflections on race’ and the biologization of difference

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In this article Gibel Azoulay critiques the tenacity of the correlation between race’ as a socio-political notion and race’ as a biological entity in academic circles in general and medical research in particular. Legacies of nineteenth-century scientific racism percolate into the public sphere, facilitating a uniquely US American cultural consensus that imagines and markets external physiological features as gross criteria for making distinctions, highlighting the medicalization of race in pharmaceutical, medical and genetic research.

Keywords: anthropology; biomedicine; genetic signature; genetics; identity; medicine; race; racial categories; scientific racism; taxonomy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00313220601020098

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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