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Definition of Scientific Racism

(noun) Using faulty, reductionist science to “prove” and provide support for systems of racial hierarchies that positions white people or Caucasians as the most advanced stage of human evolution.

Example of Scientific Racism

Scientific Racism Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˌsaɪənˈtɪfɪk ˈreɪˌsɪz(ə)m/
    • British English
      • /ˌsʌɪənˈtɪfɪk ˈreɪsɪz(ə)m/
  • Syllabification: (sci·en·tif·ic rac·ism)

Usage Note

  • Plural: scientific racisms

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Cite the Definition of Scientific Racism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “scientific racism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/scientific-racism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

scientific racism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/scientific-racism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “scientific racism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/scientific-racism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“scientific racism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/scientific-racism/>.