A population that has a large enough amount of genetic distance from other populations in the same species to be called a sub-population.
The overall genetic distance between any two human populations is much smaller than the genetic distance between races, or sub-populations, in nonhuman species.
Our physical and mental skills are influenced by our genes, but they are also shaped by our environmental experiences, including upbringing, schooling, and social support.
Race, Genes, and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences
Why this book? Why now?
This is the book that should never have had to be written. But as long as racial inequality continues, there is still a need for works such as Race, Genes, and Ability. Is this book for you? It may not be. But then again, if you, like most people, are concerned about race relations in the United States and the world, it just might be. Race, Genes, and Ability condenses revealing and intriguing information on the ethnic achievement divide into two volumes. If you decide to read it, be prepared to dig deeply into contentious notions about race and innate racial differences that are often politely dismissed or swept under the rug. [Learn more]
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The author: Alondra Oubre
Alondra Oubré received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. In her second book, Race, Genes and Ability, she draws on her professional experience in medical and biological anthropology, pharmaceutical research and development, and healthcare program management to evaluate genetic versus environmental explanations for the ethnic achievement gap. Dr. Oubré is currently a medical writer and biomedical research consultant based in Los Angeles. Her clients include leading global pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology companies as well as major healthcare institutions in the United States.