Man's Most Dangerous Myth was first published in 1942, when Nazism flourished, when African Americans sat at the back of the bus, and when race was considered the determinant of people's character and intelligence. It presented a revolutionary theory for its time; breaking the link between genetics and culture, it argued that race is largely a social construction and not cMan's Most Dangerous Myth was first published in 1942, when Nazism flourished, when African Americans sat at the back of the bus, and when race was considered the determinant of people's character and intelligence. It presented a revolutionary theory for its time; breaking the link between genetics and culture, it argued that race is largely a social construction and not constitutive of significant biological differences between people. In the ensuing 55 years, as Ashley Montagu's radical hypothesis became accepted knowledge, succeeding editions of his book traced the changes in our conceptions of race and race relations over the 20th century. Now, over 50 years later, Man's Most Dangerous Myth is back in print, fully revised by the original author. Montagu is internationally renowned for his work on race, as well as for such influential books as The Natural Superiority of Women, Touching, and The Elephant Man. This new edition contains Montagu's most complete explication of his theory and a thorough updating of previous editions. The Sixth Edition takes on the issues of the Bell Curve, IQ testing, ethnic cleansing and other current race relations topics, as well as contemporary restatements of topics previously addressed. A bibliography of almost 3,000 published items on race, compiled over a lifetime of work, is of enormous research value. Also available is an abridged student edition containing the essence of Montagu's argument, its policy implications, and his thoughts on contemporary race issues for use in classrooms. Ahead of its time in 1942, Montagu's arguments still contribute essential and salient perspectives as we face the issue of race in the 1990s. Man's Most Dangerous Myth is the seminal work of one of the 20th century's leading intellectuals, essential reading for all scholars and students of race relations....
|Title||:||Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race|
|Number of Pages||:||704 Pages|
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Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race Reviews
I skimmed the book, a fifth edition from 1974. Totally comprehensive, combining biology and genetics with the cultural and social, it's pretty impressive. Some political and historical context also backs up arguments and forms the basis of chapters, which is always good too.Personally, I simply read for more information on the subject of 'race', but Montagu's arguments were convincing in refuting the very idea of racial difference itself. Particularly enlightening chapters: 4. the biological facts, 6. "Race" and Society, 12. "Race" and Culture. The Jewish and African American chapters were particularly candid in dealing with sensitive subjects, and the Appendices worth reading too. Giving it five stars because I don't believe other reading on race would be necessary for the casual reader: it's all here. The book is well organised and the writing is top quality (though with some outdated terminology in the edition I was reading).
Required college reading. I remember it being painfully boring but thorough and educational