Show Summary Details

p. 695.locked

The case against scientific racismlocked

  • Ali Rattansi

Abstract

Scientific racism was of crucial importance to the ideology of Nazism. Anti-Semitism was only one of the many forces that lead to the Holocaust. ‘The case against scientific racism’ examines various theories on scientific racism and its failings. A major problem with racial science is that it lacked a good understanding of the implications of the distinction between genetic variation in human populations, phenotypical differences such as external appearance, and cultural and behavioural characteristics. A confused biological determinism established itself, conflating genes, physiognomy, and culture. It is now known that ideas of ‘race’ and ‘racial’ hierarchy have no serious scientific basis.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.