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ERIC Number: EJ814170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Race and Genetics from a Modal Materialist Perspective
Condit, Celeste M.
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v94 n4 p383-406 Nov 2008
Prevailing idealist and materialist theories of rhetoric fail to account for the continual circulation and recirculation of "racism" as a scientific discourse. An alternative theory of modal materialism addresses this problem by suggesting that the properties of all being are constituted through three distinguishable forms of matter that include the "physical," the "biological," and the "symbolic." A sufficiently lush and nimble conceptualization of human action requires consideration of the interaction of all three modes in theory and in practice. The theory of modal materialism is illustrated through a consideration of the discourse of race and genetics as it was recirculated and modified in 2005 and 2006 by publications in the journal "Science," and which were amplified for a larger reading public through circulation in the "New York Times." (Contains 57 notes.)
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Language: English
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