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Scientific Research and Racial Hierarchy Creation: A Return to Scientific Racism

  • Author(s): Love, James W.
  • Advisor(s): Kposowa, Augustine
  • et al.
Abstract

The racial bias embedded in scientific inquiry is a seldom explored topic; however, this project employed a qualitative coding methodology to develop themes reflective of racism in three areas of scientific inquiry: Biomedical, Behavioral, and Social. The results of this analysis reveal racial hierarchy creation remains an ever-present feature of scientific inquiry, although taking a more subtle and hidden form. This racism is primarily evident through the use of race as an etiological variable and attempts to indict "cultural differences" as justification for differences. This study reveals that despite being educated analysts, the work of scholars and scientists alike is largely a reflection of the racist society in which they are embedded.

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