Raza, ciencia, sociedad

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Abstract

In this article I present and critique a standard chronology of race as, first, a concept rooted in culture and environment, and later in human biology and determinism, and finally back to culture alone. I will outline changing understandings of race over time, with some attention to the role of science, broadly understood, and on the continuing but changing character of race as a natural-cultural discourse about organic bodies, environments and behaviour, in which both cultural and natural dimensions always co-exist. "Nature" is not to be understood simply as "biology," and neither nature nor biology necessarily imply the fixity and determination that they are often assumed nowadays to involve. Being open to the co-existence of culture and nature and the mutability of the latter allows us to better comprehend the whole range of action of racial thinking.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)35-62
Number of pages27
JournalInterdisciplina
Volume2
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014

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