Kim L asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 1 decade ago

How is race defined?

It has to be more than a social constraint given that diseases are particular to certain races. Ie: Tay-Sachs Disease in Ashkenazi Jews

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Race is defined by 3 groups.

    Mongoloids tend to have yellow skin.The hair is very coarse and straight and usually black or dark brown in color.The nose is medium broad and medium rooted.The lips are fuller and the teeth are smaller with an edge to edge bite.The palate is moderately wide.They usually have prominent cheekbones that are laterally projecting.The eyes are almond shaped and the iris is brown in color.They tend to be shorter and round headed.

    Negroids tend to have woolly hair that is somewhat brown in color and coarse.The teeth are large.They tend to have wide palates.The profile is prognathous and the chin slopes back.The cheekbones tend to be intermediate.Negroids skin complexion is brown to almost black in color.The nose is very broad,low rooted,wide tip,and concave nasal profile.The hair tends to be very sparse.The forehead is usually round.The lips are full,everted and somewhat more of a wide mouth.The eyes are very dark brown and they tend to be taller and longer headed.

    Caucasoids hair ranges from straight through wavy or curly,and tends to be fine to medium coarse and black through blonde in color.The lips are thin and not turned out and tends to be smaller in width.The palate is usually narrow to moderately wide with somewhat smaller teeth.The profile is mostly orthoganathic(straight) and the chin is prominent.The color of skin ranges from pinkish-white to a peach color.The body hair is profuse.The eye color is light blue to brown and they tend to have heavy brow ridges.The cheekbones are compressed and retreating zygomatic.Caucasoids can be linear,mesomorphic,and muscular in body build.The nose tends to be high,straight or convex,and narrow.

  • 1 decade ago

    Race is defined by your recent socio-racial, cultural, national and linguistic heritage.

    Tay-Sachs Disease is particular to Ashkenazi Jews because they share common DNA traits that may verywell be found in people of other socio-racial categories, as any of the many human DNA traits are not exclusive to one socio-, or non socio-, race. For example some Eritreans, Somolians, Ethiopians, native Spaniards, Gypsies may very well have this DNA trait since many from these groups are also of Semetic ancestry.

  • 1 decade ago

    Race is a social construct. Those diseases are particular to certain ethnic groups. There are phenotypes, our physical markers- the way we represent in the world, and makes us unique to our heritage and family. If you needed some blood, and as long as the other individual had no condition or disease that might harm you, their ethnicity wouldn't be a factor. The term "race" is very close to another "racist," hence it's origin, and intention.

  • 1 decade ago

    I looked up online dictionaries:

    Description below pretty covers it considering that diseases specific to certain races are resultant inherited genetic makeup right? Race is definitely more than a social constraint ...

    1. a group of persons related by common descent or heredity.

    2. a population so related.

    3. Anthropology. a. any of the traditional divisions of humankind, the commonest being the Caucasian, Mongoloid, and *****, characterized by supposedly distinctive and universal physical characteristics: no longer in technical use.

    b. an arbitrary classification of modern humans, sometimes, esp. formerly, based on any or a combination of various physical characteristics, as skin color, facial form, or eye shape, and now frequently based on such genetic markers as blood groups.

    c. a human population partially isolated reproductively from other populations, whose members share a greater degree of physical and genetic similarity with one another than with other humans.

    4. a group of tribes or peoples forming an ethnic stock: the Slavic race.

    5. any people united by common history, language, cultural traits, etc.: the Dutch race.

    6. the human race or family; humankind: Nuclear weapons pose a threat to the race.

    7. Zoology. a variety; subspecies.

    8. a natural kind of living creature: the race of fishes.

    9. any group, class, or kind, esp. of persons: Journalists are an interesting race.

    10. the characteristic taste or flavor of wine.

    –adjective 11. of or pertaining to the races of humankind.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There is , in reality, no such thing as race. It is impossible in our society to arbitrarily designate label on humans without running the risk of legal backlash.

    (Thats why the have the "I choose not to answer" box on all those government forms).

    Example: Exactly who falls under the catagory of Hispanic? Is it all Spanish speaking people? If so, are a black Puerto Rican and a blond-haired Cuban the same race? Is it everyone with a Spanish surname? What if I am born an english speaking American and I am adopted at birth by a Mexican family and never learn english? Am i then, Hispanic?

  • 1 decade ago

    Race can specifically be defined as one's skin color. As a whole, we are all different in mankind because we have different cultural aspects, viewpoints, beliefs, and trends. Race is like your ethnicity. Just as one is hispanic, one has a group and cliche. Particular diseased are more prevalent according the the discrete countries and zones; Africa, for example, has many afflicted by malaria, whereas areas where caucasions particularly reside are immeasurable in skin-cancer/diseases.

    Source(s): memory
  • 1 decade ago

    The American Anthropological Association came out a few years ago with a statement saying that there is only one race and that is the human race. There are however different ethnic groups that are defined by culture and family history.

  • 1 decade ago

    Race is defined by who your ancestors are, and what country they originated in.

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