The Controversy Over The Span Of Many Years Essay

1279 Words Oct 17th, 2016 6 Pages
Whether or not “biological race” exists has been a topic of controversy over the span of many years. American anthropologist Michael L Blakey (1999), who specializes in the study of African Americans, defines biological race as “a population that differs from others in the frequency of one or more biological traits”. However, while it is wonted to say that biological race is merely a fixation upon cultural connotations (and often the two are confused), anthropologists have questioned the true difference between biological and cultural race. In an essay by Pigliucci and Kaplan (2003), they state that “regional differences[…]are the result of local adaptations to particular cultural pressures” thus defining race as a conception that is produced and casted by cultural factors. While the viewpoint from Pigliucci and Kaplan is antonymous with Blakey’s definition of race, there is however a connection between the two. Race has seemingly become a manifestation of diverse variables of culture, but with that comes biological concomitants, or acts resulted from what we term as racism. Racism and even race itself is a very large, complex social construct, one that allows for biological inferences to be made among people within our own culture or other cultures across the globe. In today’s world, race is immediately defined by the color of skin, the structure of bodies, the texture of hair, and other miscellaneous physical features. It only takes a childhood of being raised to…

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