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"Which word, apart from race, could bring natural scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and humanists together to debate everything from the historical origins of the concept to its future prospects in the light of genomics, from its function as a political ploy to its inspiration for legal minds in devising racial purity laws as well as legislating desegregation? This excellent interdisciplinary collection of essays illuminates race in all its facets and in fascinating case studies from the United States, Europe, and—the plant world."

—Werner Sollors, Professor of Literature and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
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