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

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  • Ramin
    May 23, 2019
    Here's an excerpt from my review in Smithsonian magazine: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/scienc... Scientists, including those who study race, like to see themselves as objectively exploring the world, above the political fray. But such views of scientific neutrality are naive, as s...
  • Cindy
    Aug 12, 2019
    One of the things I love about science is that it is impartial. There's no room for emotions, no room for opinions. It's just about the data - does it support your hypothesis or not. Except that that is never really the case. If your hypothesis is deeply flawed, or as we see in thi...
  • 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...
  • Rosie
    Jul 10, 2019
    An insightful, detailed and alarming look at both the history and the present of science and how it has been used and manipulated, both intentionally and accidentally, to support racism, discrimination and prejudice. The consuming desire to understand ourselves, our history, our or...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Morgan
    Jul 18, 2019
    There is a lot of very interesting and useful information here, but Saini's grasp of the history of racial thought before the twentieth century is decidedly shaky. By not engaging closely with the nuances of thinking about physiology, culture, and intellectual inequality ? as well as...
  • 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,...
  • Csimplot Simplot
    Feb 24, 2019
    Excellent book! ...
  • 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...
  • Robb Bridson
    Jun 21, 2019
    An ambitious historical analysis of scientific racism This book begins with a general history of scientific racism and eugenics and all that sort of stuff, much of which will be familiar to people who have read a lot on the subjects (though with a lot more in-depth look at the journ...
  • Niamh
    Jun 02, 2019
    I was very kindly given an e-arc of this book through Netgalley and 4th Estate. Wow. This book is dense. There is so much information packed into its pages that I'm going to have to sit and ruminate on the theses over the next few days. But it is so, so brilliant. There were moment...
  • gaverne Bennett
    May 30, 2019
    A book of genius. Couldn't be more timely... ...
  • Clare
    Jun 29, 2019
    In ?Superior? Angela Saini explores the destructive history of race science and the way people have viewed the concept of race throughout history. The author examines the concept of race through different fields of study such as genetic, social and archaeological research and shows...
  • Rachel Matthews
    Aug 07, 2019
    An ignorant racist who simply shouts slurs is in many ways an easier beast to handle. If nothing else you know where you stand, their hatred is unsheathed and you can treat it with the disdain it deserves. The real danger? Well it's that legitimised racism - the kind of racism that a...
  • mylogicisfuzzy
    Apr 18, 2019
    What struck me most on reading Angela Saini?s timely book is the persistence of ideas in scientific circles that have no actual basis in science and no place in today?s world. Race is a social and political construct and yet scientific research is still being conducted with aim to ...
  • 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 ...
  • Peter Goodman
    Jun 13, 2019
    ?Superior: The return of race science,? by Angela Saini (Penguin Random House, 2019). A very quirky, irritating, intriguing, contentious book that finally did convince me. The argument is that in recent years there has been a resurgence of racism supported by purportedly scientif...
  • Hannah Cook
    Aug 08, 2019
    EVERYONE MUST READ IT NOW ...
  • Gail Nyoka
    May 22, 2019
    It?s not often I call a book ?essential? reading. Superior: The Return of Race Science, is one of these few. Based on solid research, acclaimed science writer Angela Saini presents us with a painstaking ? and highly readable ? history of the pernicious ideology of ?race.?...
  • 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...
  • L A
    Jun 18, 2019
    Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. Superior is an especially topical book considering the current political climate in the West. Through the election of Trump, the emergence of the alt-right, increasing nationalism...
  • 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...
  • ROGER GEORGE
    Jun 12, 2019
    The ?science? of a slippery idea To the extent that a thing called race exists, it does so as a social and cultural idea and a slippery one at that - decades of research attempting to prove a scientific basis for race and correlations with complex ideas like intelligence have fa...
  • 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...
  • Leon Markham
    Jun 12, 2019
    Really outstanding. What I particularly appreciate is the lengths the author goes to to articulate the strongest and best articulation of the opposing position. As she says - just because theories are exploited by the far right, this doesn?t necessarily make them false - and she take...
  • 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. ...
  • Leigh Ann
    Jun 05, 2019
    Saini outlines and deconstructs the age-old narrative of imposed power and hierarchy. A scathingly logical approach to the idea of race, drawing on history, language, politics, scientific hypotheses and theories, and hypotheticals to bring her points home. "Without ever really looking ...