RACE AND IQ:
THE GENETIC BACKGROUND
W. F. Bodmer
This essay is a review of the meanings of race and IQ, and the approaches for determining the extent to which IQ is inherited. The first question to consider is "What is race?" and then one must demonstrate how one can study the biological inheritance of mental ability as measured by IQ tests. These two aspects of genetics form the main underlying theme for this essay.
In almost all the psychological studies carried out on racial groups, race is defined sociologically or culturally and not biologically. However, biological race boundaries often coincide with those that are culturally evident, though not always. An example of a sociological or cultural definition of race that is not strictly valid biologically is that of children of black-white marriages in the USA, who are still regarded as black.
To a biologist a race is just a group of individuals or populations which form a recognizable sub-division of the species. The____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Race and IQ. Edition: Expanded. Contributors: Ashley Montagu - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1999. Page number: Not available.
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