The Idea of Race in Science: Great Britain, 1800–1960

TitleThe Idea of Race in Science: Great Britain, 1800–1960
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsStepan, Nancy
Number of Pages230
PublisherMacmillan
CityLondon
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This book describes the main stages in the history of the idea of race in the natural sciences in Britain. Stepan first asks how, when and why a fundamental set of ideas about human races became elaborated in the natural sciences in the early part of the nineteenth century. She then examines what changes occurred in racial ideas as the century unfolded. How did Darwinian evolution, or the new since of heredity associated with Mendel, affect racial themes? What elaborations and additions were made to racial ideas as new fields became scientific, such as physical anthropology and psychology.

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