Re: Race - why & when

louise (73773.517@CompuServe.COM)
20 Feb 1995 00:14:11 GMT

Few anthropologists I know espouse theories of "race". In fact, at least at
UCLA, it is taught that there is no valid biological concept of race. That is
not to say there aren't social, political, and historical categories of race.
Why not biological categories? Two reasons: 1) There is much more variation
within a local group than between groups. Roughly 85% of all possible genetic
variation exists within local groups. Only 7% (roughly) of variation can be
accounted for by the traditional racial categories and 2)Classifications based
on different sets of traits do not covary. If you want more info, including
sources, you can email me at (All of my academic sources
on the subject are at school.