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by Kenan Malik

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Author: Kenan Malik
ISBN: 1851686657
Language: English
Pages: 352 pages
Category: Social Sciences
Publisher: Oneworld Publications; Reprint edition (June 1, 2009)
Rating: 4.7
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Malik boldly argues that this rise in the science of race and the preservation of racial ideas is paradoxically due to the efforts of liberal anti-racism; a movement that . has been added to your Cart.

Malik boldly argues that this rise in the science of race and the preservation of racial ideas is paradoxically due to the efforts of liberal anti-racism; a movement that demands the preservation and celebration of human difference over human commonalities. The only hope for finding the truth about race lies in exposing the irrationality in both racial science and anti-racism has been added to your Cart.

Kenan Malik's position, in short, is: "Race is not a rational, scientific category. Anti-racism has become an irrational, anti-scientific philosophy. To defend the first statement he embarks on a lucid discussion of modern population genetics and medicine, then hops back to the 18th century to begin a historical survey of ideas about "race". Where it all goes wrong is with the Nazis, and the subsequent idea among Malik's opponents on the anti-racist left that Hitlerian eugenics and genocide grew out of too much reason, rather than too little. The fight against barbarism turned into a war against the Enlightenment," Malik writes.

Is race a biological reality? Or is it a social construction? It is a debate that . For an extended discussion of these issues, see my book Strange Fruit

Is race a biological reality? Or is it a social construction? It is a debate that shows no sign of being resolved. Coyne insists that ‘human races exist in the sense that biologists apply the term to animals’. The equally distinguished biological anthropologist Jonathan Marks responded with what he himself described as a ‘rant’ against Coyne. For an extended discussion of these issues, see my book Strange Fruit. In February 2001, the journal Nature published the first draft of the human genome.

Weaving together politics, history, science, and philosophy, 'Strange. Strange Fruit is Malik's previous book and looks more broadly at the way we have talked about race and culture over the centuries, and what that can tell us about our current assumptions and political debates. It's a difficult and flawed book, but well worth reading and wrestling with. Difficult not in terms of readability (the prose is easy and fluid), but because it challenges many assumptions and values that have become deeply embedded orthodoxy among anti-racist progressives.

Readers of this newspaper will understand one of the reasons why Kenan Malik wrote this book.

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The debate about race is back - and with a vengeance. Published by Thriftbooks.

Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides Are Wrong in the Race Debate (Oneworld, 2008) is a book focusing on the anti-enlightenment dichotomy of racial science and anti-racism and critiques both

Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides Are Wrong in the Race Debate (Oneworld, 2008) is a book focusing on the anti-enlightenment dichotomy of racial science and anti-racism and critiques both. Malik argues that racial scientists should be allowed to express their views publicly and be critiqued in the public domain, while also criticising censorship from traditional anti-racist organisations.

The greatest thing about Strange Fruit is the connection Malik makes between racism and culture

The greatest thing about Strange Fruit is the connection Malik makes between racism and culture. Instead of destroying racism all the efforts of the left have led to what Malik describes as a resurrection of racial ideas and the imprisonment of people within their cultural identities (p288). Malik traces the development of the racial type and racial thinking in the early chapters with a juridical mixing of history and science finally showing how enlightenment equality got twisted into a defence of difference in the philosophy of Johann Gottfried Herder

Debates about race are back and they’re only getting bigger. There has recently been a massive upsurge in scientific racial research. The US government has licensed a heart drug to be used only on African Americans. A pharmaceutical company is trialling a white-only anti-hepatitis drug. Commercial companies produce DNA kits to allow individuals to trace their racial ancestry. A genetic study claims that Jews are more intelligent because their history of money lending and other financial occupations favoured genes associated with cleverness. Malik boldly argues that this rise in the science of race and the preservation of racial ideas is paradoxically due to the efforts of liberal anti-racism; a movement that demands the preservation and celebration of human difference over human commonalities. The only hope for finding the truth about race lies in exposing the irrationality in both racial science and anti-racism, and allowing science to study population differences without the distortions of political race debates, because, as Malik unflinchingly explains, races do not exist. Kenan Malik is a full time writer and broadcaster, and lives in London