Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2081: Thinking about Race: Perspectives from the Biological and Social Sciences

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Basic Books.  2003, revised edition.

Michael Giles & Melanie Buckner (1993) “David Duke and Black Threat: An Old Hypothesis Revisited.”  Journal of Politics , 55: 702-713. (12 pages).

James Sidanius (1993) “The Psychology of Group Conflict and the Dynamics of Oppression:  A Social Dominance Approach.”  In S. Iyengar & W. J. McGuire (Eds.), Explorations in Political Psychology pp. 183-219.  Durham: Duke University Press. (37 pages)

Sears et al. (1997) “Is it really racism?  The origins of white American’s opposition to race-targeted policies.”  Public Opinion Quarterly , 61: 16-53 (34 pages)

Sniderman et al. (1996) “Beyond Race:  Social Justice as a Race Neutral Ideal.”  American Journal of Political Science , 40: 33-55 (23 pages)

Charles Taber (2008) Principles of Color:  Race, Ideology, and Political Cognition

Dovidio et al. (1997) “On the Nature of Prejudice:  Automatic and Controlled Processes.”  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 33: 510-540 (30 pages)

Thomas Schelling (1978) Micromotives and Macrobehaviors p. 147-155 (8 pages)

Kurzban et al (2001) “Can race be erased?  Coalitional computation and social categorization.”  Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences , 98: 15387-15392 (6 pages)

Phelps et al. (2000)“Performance on Indirect Measures of Race Evaluation Predicts Amygdala Activation.”  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (10 pages)

Lieberman et al. “An fMRI investigation of race-related amygdala activity in African-American and Caucasian-American individuals.”  Nature Neuroscience (2005) (3 pages)

Golby et al. (2001) “Differential Responses in the Fusiform Region to Same-Race and Other-Race Faces.”  Nature Neuroscience (6 pages)

Schreiber & Iacoboni (2011) Huxtables on the Brain: An fMRI study of Race and Norm Violation. Political Psychology (18 pages)

Tishkoff and Kidd (2004) “Implications of biogeography of human populations for ‘race’ and medicine.”  Nature Genetics (7 pages)

Jorde and Wodding (2004) “Genetic variation, classification, and ‘race.’”  Nature Genetics (6 pages)

Keita et al. (2004) “Conceptualizing human variation.”  Nature Genetics (4 pages)

Parra et al. (2004) “Implications of correlations between skin color and genetic ancestry for biomedical research.”  Nature Genetics (7 pages)