Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts
How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century

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This groundbreaking book by the acclaimed Dorothy Roberts examines how the myth of biological concept of race—revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases—continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly “post-racial” era. Named one of the ten best black nonfiction books 2011 by AFRO.com, Fatal Invention offers a timely and “provocative analysis” (Nature) of race, science, and politics by one of the nation’s leading legal scholars and social critics.
 

About Dorothy Roberts

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Dorothy Roberts is the fourteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She is the author of the award-winning Killing the Black Body and Shattered Bonds and is the co-editor of six books on gender and constitutional law. She serves as chair of the board of directors of the Black Women's Healthy Imperative and lives in Evanston, Illinois.
 
Published June 14, 2011 by New Press, The. 402 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Roberts, a lawyer and sociology professor, examines the development and contemporary consequences of "race as a political system," bringing science, law, commerce, and race ideologies, virtual thickets of controversy, under one canopy.

May 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Fatal Invention: How Science,...

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The town of Orchomenos in Greece has double the rate of sickle cell disease as among African Americans.Though there are no racial diseases, groups who are identified and/or self-identify in racial terms have drastically divergent health.

Jul 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Fatal Invention: How Science,...

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