(noun) “A classification system used to categorize humans into large and distinct populations or groups by anatomical, cultural, ethnic, genetic, geographical, historical, linguistic, religious, or social affiliation” (Wikipedia).

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  • Plural: races

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  • “‘Race’ was a form of social identification and stratification that was seemingly grounded in the physical differences of populations interacting with one another in the New World, but whose real meaning rested in social and political realities” (Smedley 1998:694).
  • “Today scholars are beginning to realize that ‘race’ is nothing more and nothing less than a social invention. It has nothing to do with the intrinsic, or potential, qualities of the physically differing populations, but much to do with the allocation of power, privilege, and wealth among them” (Smedley 1998:698-699).

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Smedley, Audrey. 1998. ““Race” and the Construction of Human Identity.” American Anthropologist. 100(3): 690-702.

Wikipedia. n.d. s.v. “race” Retrieved April 1, 2013 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_(human_classification).