Handbook of Cultural Security
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Handbook of Cultural Security

Edited by Yasushi Watanabe

This Handbook aims to heighten our awareness of the unique and delicate interplay between ‘Culture’ and ‘Society’ in the age of globalization. With particular emphasis on the role of culture in the field of “non-traditional” security, and seeking to define what ‘being secure’ means in different contexts, this Handbook explores the emerging concept of cultural security, providing a platform for future debates in both academic and policy fields.
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Chapter 3: Neo-racism in the age of genomics

Joseph L. Graves Jr

Abstract

Advances in the biological sciences in the twentieth century have provided the intellectual scaffolding to dismiss the idea that our species, anatomically modern humans, can be unambiguously classified into biological races. Yet despite this, particularly in arenas associated with society, the notion that biological race determines the social status of individuals is resurgent. This chapter examines how cultural security has been and is currently threatened by racism. It draws mainly on examples of racism against persons of African descent in the United States, but also draws on international examples. Finally, it examines the relationship between new developments in genomic technology and neo-racism.

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