How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality (Hardback)Adam Rutherford (author)
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A clear-headed and intelligent denunciation of racist stereotypes and pernicious eugenics, Rutherford’s masterly account of genetics and its dangerous misuse through history contains all you ever need to refute hateful claims about racial superiority.
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise - and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence.
Stereotypes and myths about race are expressed not just by overt racists, but also by well-intentioned people whose experience and cultural baggage steer them towards views that are not supported by the modern study of human genetics. Even some scientists are uncomfortable expressing opinions deriving from their research where it relates to race. Yet, if understood correctly, science and history can be powerful allies against racism, granting the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be.
How To Argue With a Racist is a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 337 g
Dimensions: 222 x 136 x 22 mm
'Nobody deals with challenging subjects more interestingly and compellingly than Adam Rutherford, and this may be his best book yet. This is a seriously important work' - Bill Bryson
'A fascinating and timely refutation of the casual racism on the rise around the world. The ultimate anti-racism guide for data-lovers everywhere' - Caroline Criado Perez
'A fascinating debunking of racial pseudoscience ... engaging and enlightening ... equip[s] the reader with the scientific tools necessary to tackle questions concerning race, genes and ancestry' - The Guardian
'Characteristically far-reaching, insightful and brilliant, Adam Rutherford casts his net wide in a book that is as timely as it is invigorating and important' - Peter Frankopan
'This fascinating, illuminating and original book on human evolution and development is essential reading in an age of false science, resurgent racism and conspiracy theory - and the perfect antidote to racial bigotry' - Simon Sebag Montefiore
'Adam Rutherford is the perfect writer to arm you with evidence' - Claudia Hammond
'A counter-blast to those who would use science to justify prejudice' - Tom Gatti, The New Statesman
'Adam Rutherford is a master storyteller' - Hannah Fry
'If teaching is what makes humans special, then Adam Rutherford is superhuman - a truly gifted transmitter of knowledge: lucid, enlightening, witty and delightful' - Kate Fox
How to Argue with a Racist
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