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Ethnicity is suggested as an alternative for teaching about folk taxonomies that arose in the colonial era, while cline, or geographic variation, is proposed for human biological varia- tion. The purpose of this article is to communicate to anthropologists a change in the level of acceptance of the race concept within the discipline. There are three reasons why it is desirable that anthropologists be aware of this change: first, anthropology courses are a primary source of information on the topic of race for students in colleges and universities; second, members of other disciplines, and journalists, regard the topic as an important part of the domain of an- thropology and, hence, turn to anthropologists for expert opinion; third, anthropologists who are aware of the lack of consensus on this concept may wish to reexamine it and the data and make the best judg- ment possible about how to approach and present the topic to their students.
In the sections that follow we will briefly describe the change in the race concept from a hierarchical to an equalitarian view, and the change in the concept from one that was of central importance in an- thropology to the current situation where it no longer enjoys majority support. We then discuss alternatives to the race concept in classroom teaching and the need for one concept to deal with biological variation and another concept to deal with the cultural dimension.
Leonard Lieberman teaches physical anthropology and does research in the sociology of science at Central Michigan University. Blaine W. Stevenson teaches collective be- havior with an emphasis on the Vietnam era at Central Michigan University.
Larry T. The attempts at clas- sification were numerous, but no new point of view was developed. The history of the concept Brace ; Chase ; Gosset ; Stanton indicates that views about race have been undergoing a series of changes and that the debate about race has occurred mostly among the more educated, including scientists, with a less-educated segment of the public adhering to a folk taxonomy of race.
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The course of the debate has been heavily influenced by the available data, and the interpretation given the data in the light of social events of the s, all within the catalytic context of the debating process Lieber- man ; Lieberman, Reynolds, and Kellum Insofar as the race concept is concerned, it is not true that the more things change the more they remain the same.
In the 18th and into the 19th century it was debated whether races had separate origins the polygenic view or a common origin the monogenic view. In the first half of the 20th century the central issue was the equality or inequality of races.
The debate was carried on for decades and was a major focus in the heredity-environment contro- versy surrounding eugenics, instincts, and mental testing Chase ; Cravens In the midst of that debate, Ashley Montagu asserted that the concept of race as an "omelette" of character- istics was inaccurate and too easily used in harmful ways. Intense dis- cussion of the concept occurred in the s. Part of the debate was concentrated in three issues of Current Anthropology in The debate had been stimulated by several factors.
One of these was the availability of new data on gradations or clines in the distribution of gene frequencies in Australia and Africa Birdsell ; Livingstone , Some biologists rejected the subspecies concept Wilson and Brown Evolutionary theory began to have its full impact on the study of human varieties after World War I1 Brace ; Kelso ,eventually making it possible to think about human hered- itary variation in terms of geographic gradients that crosscut popula- tion boundaries.
A new generation of biological anthropologists was being trained during the time of the debate of the s and early s. It was a period of intense controversy over human rights, which aroused the social consciousness of many.
This sensitivity may not Lieberman et al. Race and Anthropology 69 have directly changed the level of acceptance of the race concept, but it did make it more likely that those aware of the debate would care- fully examine the clinal data that challenged the race concept Lieber- man, Reynolds, and Kellum The new data, the introduction of evolutionary theory, the debate, and the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the s had their effect on the acceptance of the race concept.
Evidence for this change is pro- vided by a survey sent in and to anthropologists at Ph. These data indicate that anthropologists do not agree on the status of the race concept.
Putting the matter more emphatically, the data suggest that the concept is rejected by a major- ity of cultural anthropologists, and no longer enjoys the clear majority support of biological anthropologists, the authorities on this concept.
Collateral evidence about this change is provided by a study of col- lege textbooks written for introductory biological anthropology courses. From to , the prevailing practice in 20 of 36 texts was to present and accept the race concept, with only seven rejecting it. Among the 22 texts published between and , only five con- tinued to present the view that races exist, and ten rejected the concept Littlefield et al.
The existence of races, once a core belief, is now without consensus in anthropology. The viewpoint of many anthropologists may have been expressed by Trevathan: I am not prepared to tell others in my profession how to deal with the con- cept-whether to treat races as biological realities or simply as cultural con- structs for dealing with human variation-but I feel strongly that the issue must be confrontedin physical anthropology classes in light of the resurg- ence of racism, conservatism, and cultural prejudices.
Discussion of ra- cial taxonomies, origins, and discrete characteristicsseems to have little sci- entific validity today and can perhaps be abandoned or treated merely as an interesting stage in the history of physical anthropology. However, it remains incumbent upon teachers of physical anthropology to discuss in our introductory classes the cultural concept of race in the hope of broad- ening the minds and decreasing the unfounded prejudices of our students.
Certainly no other discipline will do so if we do not. While race now lacks scientific consensus, it is nonetheless very real in popular thought.
If minds are to be broadened, however, a twofold approach is necessary so that cultural and biological differences can be concep- tualized. For the folk taxonomy of races it is necessary to substitute a concept derived from the idea of culture.
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Upcoming SlideShare. Like this presentation?The history of the concept Brace ; Chase ; Gosset ; Stanton indicates that views about race have been undergoing a series of changes and that the debate about race has occurred mostly among the more educated, including scientists, with a less-educated segment of the public adhering to a folk taxonomy of race.
The rise of anthropological theory: American Anthropology and American Culture, — New Directions in Psychological Anthropology.
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