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How Inconsistencies in Racial Classification Demystify the Race Construct in Public Health Statistics

Citation

Kaufman, Jay S. (1999). How Inconsistencies in Racial Classification Demystify the Race Construct in Public Health Statistics. Epidemiology, 10(2), 108-111.

Abstract

The classification of human beings into subspecies has a long and sordid history, and it should perhaps be clear by now that, as one medical writer recently commented, “ethnic and racial categories are among humanity’s most dangerous inventions.” Racial classification schema have been particularly damaging in the context of biological and medical research because of the implication that they exist on some objective basis as phenomena of nature.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/00001648-199903000-00001

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

1999

Journal Title

Epidemiology

Author(s)

Kaufman, Jay S.