‘Race’ and Difference: Orientalism and Western Concepts

Abstract

Western thought has historically used science to promote racial difference and superiority. This pursuit may adversely affect the approach to scientific research in modern genetics.

Keywords: colonialism; craniometry; monogenism; orientalism; polygenism

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Khan, Saeed A(Sep 2006) ‘Race’ and Difference: Orientalism and Western Concepts. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005878]