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6: Deconstructing Race

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  • The concept of race is important in many different areas of the discipline including cross-cultural studies, the way we look at ourselves vs. people we feel are different from us and many other areas. Race is not biological but it’s supposed to be a way to classify biological differences by grouping people according to different characteristics that they have. However it’s important to remember that race is not based on genetic features. There is no biological part of race. It is strictly a concept created by humans to try to better understand differences between us.

    Thumbnail depicting (from left): a Berber, a Nubian, an Asiatic, and an Egyptian. An 1820 drawing of a relief from the tomb of Seti I. See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons