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Racial divisions

The debate over race has moved on. To judge from his review of my book, Mark Pagel hasn't noticed

By Kenan Malik   June 2008

The debate about race has traditionally pitted so-called “race realists” against anti-racists. Race realists argue that races are natural divisions of humankind, anti-racists that race is a social construction of little biological value.

My new book Strange Fruit is an attempt to rethink this debate and show why both sides are wrong. Races are not natural divisions, but they do have biological consequences and can be of practical use in scientific and medical research.

I was intrigued when I heard that Mark Pagel was going to review Strange Fruit for Prospect. Pagel is a race realist. I hoped that he…

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