Re: Perspectives on human diversity/races?

Gerold Firl (
27 Nov 1995 12:33:49 -0800

In article <> (Vincent Paquin) writes:

>I have to do a term paper in a class called "Biological and Cultural
>Interactions in Human Evolution", and I decided to focus on the history of
>the scientific study of races. I would like to get an overview of the
>different ways in which human diversity has been studied. I have already
>read several articles and books on the subject, but I was wondering if
>there was a recent article available that discussed this particular
>If anyone can suggest some readings to me, I would greatly appreciate it.

The "standard" refernence is _the mismeasure of man_ by gould, but I would
caution you to treat it with caution. Gould is a partisan on this issue.

For a more biological treatment, see minkof, _evolutionary biology_. He
doesn't discuss the history of human diversity research, but you will find
a simple, clear discussion of human races within the context of the
standards of linnean classification, where human race is synonymous with
the idea of the biological subspecies.

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