Superior: The Return of Race Science

Superior: The Return of Race Science

An astute and timely examination of the re-emergence of scientific research into racial differences Superior tells the disturbing story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the world of science. After the horrors of the Nazi regime in WWII, the mainstream scientific world turned its back on eugenics and the study of racial difference. But a An astute and timely examination of the re-emergence of scientific research into racial differences Superior te...

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Title:Superior: The Return of Race Science
Author:Angela Saini
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Superior: The Return of Race Science
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Superior: The Return of Race Science Reviews

  • Socraticgadfly
    Nov 21, 2019
    First, I put this book under "politics-public policy" as well as "science" on my shelves because race science, as Saini makes clear, continues to ooze into both politics and public policy based on it. There's not really anything earthshaking here, at least not in race science, narro...
  • Mehrsa
    Jun 23, 2019
    A good overview of the history of race "science." I studied a lot of the earlier documents for my own research and they just sounded like such a ridiculous and desperate attempt to justify racial hierarchies. Unfortunately, this garbage science is coming back in the form of IQ testing ...
  • Julie Barrett
    May 23, 2019
    I won an advance copy of this book through the website Library Thing. The subject matter is so timely, what with the rise of right wing nationalists in both the USA and Europe. When most people think of racists, they think of creepy inbred guys like the one playing banjo in the movie D...
  • Gretchen
    Aug 24, 2019
    Sometimes it made me sad, often it made me angry, and at times it scared the bejeebers out of me; and I?m really glad I read it. ...
  • Giovanni Chierico
    Dec 24, 2019
    Important subject but somewhat rambling execution. The book doesn't seem to have a coherent trajectory, and repeats over and over the same points. It is essentially a reaction to the resurgence of racisms in today's world. IMHO the missing point is the following: there are facts and va...
  • Steve Bowbrick
    Jun 20, 2019
    An utterly gripping book. An essential read for an era in which pernicious racism is finding new support in bogus science. ...
  • Andrew
    Oct 12, 2019
    Information about the development of 'race' 'science' can be found in other places, but I like the way that the author, Angela Saini has collected these ideas and many of those involved with it into this book. Yes, and despite this questionable concept and the lack of scientific evi...
  • Sookie
    Aug 16, 2019
    Philosophers have written about "humanity" in its all encompassing meaning, they have written about virtue and morals and temperance but its unfortunate how all these are narrowly defined and limited to certain geographies and in turn, race. We are all well aware how the fundamental de...
  • Zara Rahman
    Aug 22, 2019
    I?m such a fan of this book! It feels so timely and important, and covers such a wide range of research and topics. I?m so glad it exists, and have already recommended it a lot (and am beginning to reference it in my own work too, as i feel like a lot of the conclusions about race ...
  • Brian Clegg
    May 30, 2019
    It was always going to be difficult to follow Angela Saini's hugely popular Inferior, but with Superior she has pulled it off, not just in the content but by upping the quality of the writing to a whole new level. Where Inferior looked at the misuse of science in supporting sexism (and...
  • Alison
    Jul 16, 2019
    I expected this book to focus on debunking the idea of innate differences in abilities between races. Instead, Saini documents the history of racial prejudice influencing science. The book is stronger for this approach, and I came out wiser, if a little more scared. In a well-written,...
  • Jonathan
    Jul 03, 2019
    Poor book - despite it's heart being in the right place - does more to damage the thesis she presents by not credibly engaging with the academics she interviews. I think she is a bit out of her depth, perhaps as broadcast journalist she is used to the once-over-lightly feel-good style ...
  • Ethan
    Jun 15, 2019
    A very compelling, thorough investigation into the intersection of modern science and race theory. The book is so titled (and especially subtitled) so as to suggest that the reader is into a major exploration of a resurgence of race science, and indeed, the work begins with a discus...
  • Aija
    Aug 26, 2019
    Angela Saini?s Superior is a well-written and well-constructed book about race in science. Starting from the history, Saini brings it to the present day. She gives plenty of examples of how race has an influence on so many things. How it has been the force behind colonialism and whit...
  • Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
    Sep 16, 2019
    Ideas about race came into roughly modern form in the early modern period when Europeans started to come into contact with other parts of the world. Ideas of race are based on the features that easily come to the eye, skin tone, hair, eye color. The categories which shift due to theses...
  • Rama
    Aug 25, 2019
    Politically correct but scientifically unsound This book drew a lot of attention recently in which the author suggests that the use of race in biological/medical research is due to widespread racism. For example, in Chapter 1, she argues that Out of Africa theory is invented by Eur...
  • J Earl
    Jul 28, 2019
    Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini is an example of what science writing and journalism should be. She presents her position so there can't be any legitimate complaints about a hidden agenda, yet she presents the views of those abusing science to serve their views on ...
  • Hannah Cook
    Aug 08, 2019
    EVERYONE MUST READ IT NOW ...
  • Emma
    May 21, 2019
    'There is a kind of will to truth. We will make this be the truth if we try hard enough'- Subir Sinha. Oh how this resonates in our social media dominated/'fake news' society. Sinha's quote refers particularly to religious extremists but effectively demonstrates the kind of sentimen...
  • Sharad Pandian
    Sep 11, 2019
    I wasn't much a fan of Saini's previous book on gender Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong?and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story, but in this follow-up on race, Saini does wonderfully. Saini's central argument is that the politics of race science makes the neutral trea...
  • Aisha
    Dec 31, 2019
    4.5 stars ...
  • Gretel
    Sep 29, 2019
    A full-length review needs more time than I currently have so TLDR: - race science is full of crap - it never went away and is now turning back full force - "centrists" helped it gain traction because they inherently have racist ideas that they never critically engaged with - STE...
  • Lou
    May 30, 2019
    Having grown up as part of an ethnic minority group in London during the 1980s and 90s, Angela Saini has first-hand experience of the racism which was rife during these decades. Unfortunately, after being heavily discredited, race science has slowly and insidiously crept back into publ...
  • Henk van der Beek
    Jan 16, 2020
    Great book! Important subject! ...
  • Roman Clodia
    Mar 20, 2019
    This is a journalistic account of 'race science' - where both terms 'race' and 'science' are scrutinised with a sharp eye. Saini is quite up-front with her own stance: that there's no genetic or biological support for racial difference beyond the merest superficialities such as skin pi...
  • Julia
    Dec 31, 2019
    "People are assholes" is basically the conclusion I take from every Angela Saini book. Loved this, but it scared me. ...
  • Christina Zamora
    Sep 10, 2019
    Long, drawn out, and extremely boring. The fluff writing distracts from the author's solid points. ...
  • Nick
    Jun 05, 2019
    This book isn't written from a neutral perspective, and doesn't discuss the scientific research in detail. Or even is up to date with latest genetic research and information. ...
  • Violet Bell
    Oct 19, 2019
    With the rise of populism and the far right this book is an excellent counter to their flimsy arguments - that there really is no such thing as biological race, that racial differences in intelligence are nonsense, but a small cabal of racists will continue to produce their flimsy argu...
  • Seroxx83
    Sep 16, 2019
    this was starting out really interesting,and then just got repetetive and boring tbh. Way too long! DNF 50% ...