A race by any other slur
March 11, 2013 11:01 PM Subscribe
How do other languages (non-English) express the scientific term 'race?' vs the colloquial?
In taxonomic terms, the word "race" is 90% used as a misnomer in US discourse. This is rooted in "Social Darwinism," or contemporary racist applications of seminal evolution concepts. This colors verbiage across the sciences, especially the social sciences. To wit, the term 'racism' is in fact based on a dehumanizing paradigm.
So, um, how does this shake out elsewhere?
posted by es_de_bah to Human Relations (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm sure there are racist undertones to such words in many languages. Depending on the culture and the timing, I'm sure they'd be different. I'm fascinated by those differences, but I feel like anything less than a deep, idiomatic understanding of various languages coupled with an understanding of the etymological history of those terms during Darwinist revolution would be useless.
That sounds kinda precise, and vaguely Quixotic, so I came here.