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Is the root of racial inequality nature or nurture, or both? New anti-racist book says both!
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Alondra Oubré -- Science Writer Alondra Oubré -- Science Writer
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Saturday, June 27, 2020


Is the root of racial inequality nature or nurture, or both? New anti-racist book says both!
 

Prometheus Books is proud to announce the Spring 2020 release of Science in Black and White: How Biology and Environment Shape Our Racial Divide (376 pages • 978-1633886001 • $26 • Cloth) by Alondra Oubré. Racial groups differ in some of their social patterns, but the cause of those differencesnature versus nurture, or genetics versus environmentremains fiercely debated. For the pro-nature campsometimes aligned with white nationalism and eugenics, and often used to promote ideas of racial inferiority and superiorityrace-based biological determinism contributes significantly to the ethnic divide, especially the black/white gap in societal achievement. By contrast, pro-nurture supporters attribute ethnic variation in social outcomes mainly to environmental circumstances, ecological conditions, and personal experience. In this broadly researched book, science writer Alondra Oubré examines emerging scientific discoveries that show how both biology and environment interact to influence IQintelligence performanceand social behaviors across continental populations, or human races.

Oubré presents compelling evidence for why environmental and certain non-DNA-related biological phenomena overall seem to best explain black/white disparities in a gamut of social behaviors, including family structure, parenting, educational attainment, and rates of violent crime. As she demonstrates, nature still matters, but the biology that impacts racial variance in social behaviors extends beyond genetics to include other processes
epigenetics, gene expression, and plasticityall of which are profoundly affected by a wide array of environmental forces. The complex, synergistic interplay of these factors combined, rather than just genes or just environment, appears to account for black/white divergence in a gamut of social behaviors.

Alondra Oubré is a graduate of the Joint Doctoral Program in Medical Anthropology at the University of California (UC) at Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, and holds a PhD in anthropology and medical anthropology, as well as an MA in anthropology from UC Berkeley. She graduated from the Athenian School in Danville, California, and received a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  For the last twenty-five years, she has worked primarily as a medical writer and regulatory affairs specialist in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Dr. Oubré's published works include essays and evidence-based reports on the nature-versus-nurture controversy over the ethnic achievement gap, medicinal plant research for pharmaceutical drug development, and various scientific topics for magazines and journals, such as Skeptic Magazine, Psychiatric Times, and Scientia Salon. She has lectured on race-related topics at events hosted by organizations such as the American Anthropological Association, California Institute of Technology in conjunction with the Skeptic Society, University of California, University of Maryland at College Park, Human Behavior and Evolution Society, and various universities in the United States, Africa, and Asia. She is the author of two books, Race, Genes, and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences (two volumes) and Instinct and Revelation: Reflections on the Origins of Numinous Perception.

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