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Scientific Racism in Modern South Africa

Scientific Racism in Modern South Africa

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  • Date Published: June 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521479073

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  • This is the first full-length study of the history of intellectual and scientific racism in modern South Africa. Ranging broadly across disciplines in the social sciences, sciences and humanities, it charts the rise of scientific racism during the late nineteenth century and the subsequent decline of biological determinism from the mid-twentieth century, and considers the complex relationship between theories of essential racial difference and the political rise of segregation and apartheid.

    • First full-length study of the history of racism with specific reference to South Africa
    • Helps to explain how white supremacist attitudes were shaped and entrenched
    • Ranges broadly across several disciplines
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    "As an example of superb and meticulous scholarship, Dubow's work should appeal to a wide readership in the fields of racial and ethnic studies, the sociology of knowledge and science, and African studies." Contemporary Sociology

    "Dubow's conscientiously researched and cautiously interpreted wealth of specific historical material presented in a wealth of historical detail." George W. Stocking, Jr., Isis

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    • Date Published: June 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521479073
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.719kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Physical anthropology and the quest for the 'missing link'
    3. Bantu origins, racial narratives
    4. Biological determinism and the development of eugenics
    5. The equivocal message of eugenics
    6. Mental testing and the understanding of the 'native mind'
    7. Christian-national ideology, apartheid, and the concept of 'race'
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Saul Dubow, University of Sussex

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