In both cases, my animating concern has been to explore how the legal system of patent protection may be playing an inadvertent, or at least underappreciated, role in validating--and in some cases promoting--the construction of racial categories
as biological or genetic constructs.
The differentiation of subjects according to the racial categories
"white" and "other" assumes that racial identities are visually self-evident, natural, and beyond question when in fact this public-toilet scene is symbolic of how bodies are made meaningful in the act of assigning them different places within a classificatory system.
2) In the legal system as in ordinary life, we talk as if racial categories
track mostly clear biological and hereditary divisions, and using such categories merely means observing and referring to these divisions.
the broadness of the nose, the fullness of the lips, the curl of the hair) have and continue to be used to delineate racial categories
and to assign persons to racial groups.
My question is: does racial animus work, or does it merely motivate us once again to divide people into racial categories
while ignoring other important factors?
Those who possess not a racist bone in their bodies acknowledge the existence of IQ differences among broad racial categories
, with Asians generally scoring the highest.
Despite increases in employees in most racial categories
during the first term of the Obama administration, the number of White and African American women declined.
Several chapters are dedicated to specific racial groups in an attempt to highlight the contradictions in constructing racial categories
The theoretical perspective grounding the argument is cognitive science, relying heavily on the concept of racial schemas, which Roth explains as the "bundle of racial categories
and the set of rules for what they mean, how they are ordered, and how to apply them to oneself and others" (p.
But make no mistake, how Americans perceive racial categories
and the social significance we attach to those divisions are fundamentally important to the character of America, our history and our current social/political landscape.
He maintains that some argue race will cease to be a problem when society becomes flexible with its racial categories
Whiteness studies have emphasized the importance of recognizing the heterogeneity of racial categories