How Ordinary Race Concepts Get to Be Usable in Biomedical Science: An Account of Founded Race Concepts

Philosophy of Science 79 (5):701-713 (2012)

This essay unpacks a seeming paradox: a concept used to formulate, promote, and legitimate oppressive ideologies—a concept used to formulate mistaken, because they were typological, biological theories about human diversity—is, it seems, the same concept that now promises to deliver wonderful, socially sensitized, innovative results in social and genetic epidemiology. But how could that be? How could scientists expect a concept as problematic as ordinary race to deliver useful scientific results? I propose that there is a process for retranslating Ballungen race concepts in appropriate ways to make them fit and work within social scientific and bioscientific contexts.
Keywords race  genetics  found science  founded concepts  STRUCTURE  clustering algorithms
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