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Author Gil-Riaño, Sebastián, author.

Title The remnants of race science : UNESCO and economic development in the global south / Sebastián Gil-Riaño
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 376 pages) : illustrations
Series RIH: Race, inequality, and health
Race, inequality, and health.
Contents Intro -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: The Remnants of Race Science -- Part I: Confronting Racism in the Southern Hemisphere, 1890-1951 -- 1. Substituting Race: Arthur Ramos, Bahia, and the "Nina Rodrigues School" -- 2. Relocating Race Science After World War II: Situating the 1950 UNESCO Statement on Race in the Southern Hemisphere -- 3. Vikings of the Sunrise: Alfred Metraux, Te Rangi Hīroa, and Polynesian Racial Resilience -- Part II: Race in the Tropics and Highlands and the Quest for Economic Development, 1945-1962
4. A Tropical Laboratory: Race, Evolution, and the Demise of UNESCO's Hylean Amazon Project -- 5. "Peasants Without Land": Race and Indigeneity in the ILO's Puno-Tambopata Project -- Part III: Engineering Racial Harmony and Decolonization, 1952-1961 -- 6. A Brazilian Racial Dilemma: Modernization and UNESCO's Race Relations Studies in Brazil -- 7. A White World Perspective and the Collapse of Global Race Relations Inquiry -- Conclusion: "Racism Continues to Haunt the World" -- Notes -- Index
Summary "In standard histories, shifts in racial thought after World War II are described as a North Atlantic project of abandoning false scientific ideas about race in response to the Holocaust. Redeeming Race reveals how this was in fact a much more complex project-often led by scientists from the global South. At stake in this shift to antiracism in science, this book argues, was the issue of how to redeem and disassociate the study of society and human variation from its fraught connections with the violence of European colonial conquest and dispossession. The book examines this shift by tracing the history of UNESCO's antiracism initiatives after 1945, illuminating an international campaign that sought to educate people worldwide about the differences between conceptions of race anchored in science and those mired in ideology. This campaign emphasized the plasticity and alterability of racial groups and, in its focus on racial improvement, was aligned with the UN system's emphasis on economic development and international health in the newly coined "Third World." So while new thinking stood in stark contrast to the rigid conceptualizations of Mendelian eugenicists, it perpetuated projects of modernization, acculturation, and social hygiene that proliferated in the southern hemisphere during the twentieth century"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed July 28, 2023)
Subject Unesco -- History
SUBJECT Unesco. fast (OCoLC)fst00532744
Subject Economic development -- Developing countries -- History
Anti-racism -- History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Race & Ethnic Relations
Economic development.
Developing countries.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231550774