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Author Machery, Edouard ♦ Faucher, Luc
Source Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL)
Content type Text
Publisher Elsevier
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Race ♦ ethnie ♦ evolution ♦ social construction ♦ cultural evolution ♦ evolutionary psychology ♦ scco ♦ shs ♦ Cognitive science/domain_scco.cogpsy ♦ Cognitive science/domain_scco.evolpsy ♦ Cognitive science/domain_scco.socialpsy ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Philosophy/domain_shs.phil.epistemo ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Social Anthropology and ethnology ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/domain_shs.evolution
Abstract Many contemporary theories of racial categorization are encompassed by two research traditions — social constructionism and the cognitive cum evolutionary approach. Although both literatures have plausibly some empirical evidence and some theoretical insights to contribute to a full understanding of racial categorization, there has been little contact between their proponents. In order to foster such contacts, we review critically both traditions, focusing particularly on the recent evolutionary/cognitive explanations of racial categorization. On the basis of this critical survey, we put forward a list of eleven requirements that a satisfactory theory of racial categorization should satisfy. We conclude that despite some decisive progresses, we are still far from having in hand a complete, satisfactory theory of why humans classify people on the basis of skin color, body appearance or hair style.
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2004-01-01