How is race constructed?

This class used the textbook Essentials of Cultural Anthropology to take up the issue of “How is race constructed?”

Like the Language class, the first part of Guest’s chapter on “Race and Racism” is particularly rich and informative. I was especially interested in the sections on “How is race constructed around the world?” and “How is race constructed in the United States?”

In the next class, we finished the chapter by talking more about Racism and Critical Race Theory. Unfortunately, this material from September 2020 was too prescient for defining 2021.

Related material, How is race constructed?

For a class that delves into the origins of modern race ideas in the colonial encounter in the Americas, see Race and Ethnicity for Anthropology of Latin America and Caribbean 2021 using the textbook The Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean.

For Cultural Anthropology 2021, I’m using the textbook Introducing Anthropology: What makes us human? The material on race occurs early, as part of a section on Human Biology and Culture.


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