‘Race’ and Difference: Orientalism and Western Concepts


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]