Race As A Biological Concept Social Construct Or Eliminativism

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Race as a Biological Concept Social Construct or Eliminativism
There have been many debates on the reality of race. These are the three major arguments on race: race as a natural biological concept (naturalism), social constructionism, or race from an eliminativism viewpoint. Naturalism focuses on the objective characteristics to distinguish differences among racial groups. Social constructionist Sally Haslanger, would argue races are ‘real’ as a social concept, but are not natural biological groups. Eliminativists says that we should stop talking about race as a real concept. They claim race is much like the Easter bunny, that it does not exist. Therefore, we should stop talking about ‘race’ as a real concept. I will discuss the common sense
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By highlighting the objective qualities of large groups of populations. Grouping populations based on geographical locations and interbreeding. This initial research was developed by Cavalli-Sforza. His model was used to prove that racial groups could be categorized by ancestry and genetic distance. However, Glasgow mentions the biological concept of race gives no answer to the common folk concept of race. He states that naturalism has added many more races to the race debate. Therefore, he questions if the biological approach to race is truly address race as we know and understand race. Sally Haslanger offers her critique of naturalism and eiminativism answer to the race debate. She says that race is a social kind and not a natural kind. That race was and is socially constructed concept and we must approach it as a social issue. Naturalism attempts to show that race is a natural kind. However, when addressing ‘Asian’ as a racial group naturalist disregarded Asian as one racial group, but divided them into two separate groups with not genetic relationship between them. This proved a point in Glasgow’s argument. If we are going to say race is a natural “kind” based on geographic locations and interbreeding, then those racial groups that are closer to each other should be related based on proximity. However, that was not the case for the North East Asian and the South East Asian model of races. This hurts the biological argument of race as a natural concept. Haslanger gives her critique about the race debate by saying that race is not just about the semantics of words; but the way race is implied today is from a social concept of race. The social construct of race is the general census of how race is applied in our everyday lives. This should be the primary focus of the race

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