Science, Racism and Ideology

Steven Rose, John Hambley, Jeff Haywood


For twenty years, from the 1940s to the late 1960s, scientific racism lay dormant; many believed it dead. The coffin of Nazi pseudogenetics had been well nailed down, the myths of the 1930s apparently destroyed and those who had helped push the corpse in and had mounted guard over it felt able to close down their picket line and go elsewhere. Within the last four years, the nails have burst, the coffin opened, and the revived monster, pausing only to change into modern dress, is bearing down on us again. Why has it happened? What is the sociopolitical context in which this particular ideological use of science has emerged? What are the scientific "facts" at issue? How can scientific racism be defeated?

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