Race and Culture: A World View

Race and Culture: A World View

Race and Culture: A World View

Race and Culture: A World View

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This book challenges many dogmas of so-called "social science," as well as many underlying assumptions about racial issues and cultural differences. This challenge is based on more than a decade of research for this book, which in turn represents the culmination of more than twenty years of research and writing on issues of race and ethnicity in general. Race and Culture covers a wider range of subjects and issues than any of my previous writings in this area. It draws upon research, discussions, and observations in many countries visited during journeys that took me completely around the world twice and other journeys that took me twice around the Pacific basin.

These travels were not incidental. In addition to a large amount of literature collected and many discussions with scholars, officials, and others in various countries, these on-site observations made vivid what words or photographs could only begin to suggest. There is nothing like being inside the great mosque in Cordoba, seeing its grand design and the fine craftsmanship with which it was constructed a thousand years ago, to appreciate the achievements of the civilization from which it came. And to see, a short walk away, a bridge built another thousand years before that by the Romans—still carrying heavy traffic today—is to see another great civilization's cultural impact when Spain was part of the Roman Empire. To walk through a graveyard in an old village in Australia's Barossa Valley and see all the gravestones written in German, in this . . .

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