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Am J Phys Anthropol. 2017 Feb;162(2):318-327. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.23120. Epub 2016 Nov 22.

Anthropologists' views on race, ancestry, and genetics.

Author information

1
Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania, 17822.
2
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 98195.
3
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 27708.
4
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, 98109.

Abstract

Controversies over race conceptualizations have been ongoing for centuries and have been shaped, in part, by anthropologists.

OBJECTIVE:

To assess anthropologists' views on race, genetics, and ancestry.

METHODS:

In 2012 a broad national survey of anthropologists examined prevailing views on race, ancestry, and genetics.

RESULTS:

Results demonstrate consensus that there are no human biological races and recognition that race exists as lived social experiences that can have important effects on health.

DISCUSSION:

Racial privilege affects anthropologists' views on race, underscoring the importance that anthropologists be vigilant of biases in the profession and practice. Anthropologists must mitigate racial biases in society wherever they might be lurking and quash any sociopolitical attempts to normalize or promote racist rhetoric, sentiment, and behavior.

KEYWORDS:

diversity; racism; survey

PMID:
27874171
PMCID:
PMC5299519
DOI:
10.1002/ajpa.23120
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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