Anthropology and the Invention of Race as a Social Construct
As mentioned, there was no classification of race until the 18th century. After that, it was created to distinguish different groups socially. Race developed as a social construct. So, what is a social construct? According to anthropologists, there are no group of genes that make us belong to the African American, Caucasian, Asian, Indian, or any other race. The American Anthropological Association says that there is greater variation within “racial” groups than between them. The term race was created for cultural and classification purposes.
Race as a social construct originated in anthropology, with W.E.B. DuBois, the founder of the NAACP, and Theodosius Dobzhansky, an evolutionary biologist in the early 1930s-1970s. They concluded that, along with growing anthropology findings at the time, race is not a valid scientific category for biology. It was socially constructed, meaning that it was an invention, made up by society and paraded as the truth.
Anthropology studies many characteristics of humans, both past and present. It is a comparative study of all cultures throughout history and draws from many other social and biological sciences, such as archaeology and biology. If you ask most anthropology students about race, they will tell you that race is not real; it is a social construct.
In populations throughout history, there has been a great deal of overlapping of genes and their physical expressions. Whenever different groups have come into contact, they have interbred. Dobzhansky stated that genetic variation is much more common within species, and with genetic intermingling. It is impossible to distinctly draw a line that separates one classification of race from the other. Most anthropologists have concluded that there is just one type of race — the human race. All humans belong to a single species—Homo sapiens. In other words, the term race was created by….
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