A Qualitative Analysis of How Anthropologists Interpret the Race Construct.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This article assesses anthropological thinking about the race concept and its applications. Drawn from a broader national survey of geneticists' and anthropologists' views on race, in this analysis, we provide a qualitative account of anthropologists' perspectives. We delve deeper than simply asserting that "race is a social construct." Instead, we explore the differential ways in which anthropologists describe and interpret how race is constructed. Utilizing the heuristic of constructors, shifters , and reconcilers , we also illustrate the ways in which anthropologists conceptualize their interpretations of race along a broad spectrum as well as what these differential approaches reveal about the ideological and biological consequences of socially defined races, such as racism in general and racialized health disparities in particular. [race concept, social construction, racism, health disparities ].

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Cited Authors

  • Ifekwunigwe, JO; Wagner, JK; Yu, J-H; Harrell, TM; Bamshad, MJ; Royal, CD

Published Date

  • September 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 119 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 422 - 434

PubMed ID

  • 30078844

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6075721

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-7294

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/aman.12890


  • eng