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scientific racism

Definition of Scientific Racism

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

Example of Scientific Racism

Scientific Racism Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sci·en·tif·ic rac·ism

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /sie-uhn-tIf-ik rAY-siz-uhm/
  • British English – /sie-uhn-tIf-ik rAY-si-zuhm/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌsaɪənˈtɪfɪk ˈreɪˌsɪzəm/
  • British English – /ˌsaɪənˈtɪfɪk ˈreɪsɪzm/

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 June 6, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/scientific-racism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

scientific racism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://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 June 6, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/scientific-racism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“scientific racism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 6 Jun. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/scientific-racism/>.