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Superior : The Return of Race Science

Saini, Angela
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Fourth Estate Ltd)
Published: June 25, 2020
ISBN: 9780008293864
352 pages

£9.99

Guardian Book of the Year and New Statesman Book of the Year

‘Roundly debunks racism’s core lie – that inequality is to do with genetics, rather than political power’ Reni Eddo-Lodge

Where did the idea of race come from, and what does it mean? In an age of identity politics, DNA ancestry testing and the rise of the far-right, a belief in biological differences between populations is experiencing a resurgence. The truth is: race is a social construct. Our problem is we find this hard to believe. In Superior, Angela Saini investigates the concept of race, from its origins to the present day. Engaging with geneticists, anthropologists, historians and social scientists from across the globe, Superior is a rigorous, much needed examination of the insidious and destructive nature of the belief that race is real, and that some groups of people are superior to others.

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