Social "races" in biomedical settings

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Racial classifications are thought to be useful in biomedical settings because they can suggest medically relevant genetic ancestry and medically relevant social or environmental variables. This is the use of race as a proxy in biomedical settings. In this chapter, I argue that the pragmatic use of racial classifications in these settings can be no more than a stop-gap for variables of biomedical or clinical significance. I argue that the only appropriate use of racial classification in biomedical settings is in the context of accounting for the victims and beneficiaries of racism in health, and in cases where we want to track and intervene in racial inequities or disparities in health irrespective of their history or cause.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRemapping race in a global context
EditorsLudovica Lorusso, Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315208893
ISBN (Print)9781138631434, 9781032152707
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameHistory and Philosophy of Biology


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