Anthropology of Race As delegations gather in South Africa for the U.N. conference on racism, NPR's Christopher Joyce looks at how humans classify each other. The human species needs to classify among its members; it's necessary for survival. But anthropologists say it was the scientific revolution in Europe that turned what was essentially a social characteristic into an allegedly biological one. New research suggests that kids will quickly classify by race, but only if their society deems it important.
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As delegations gather in South Africa for the U.N. conference on racism, NPR's Christopher Joyce looks at how humans classify each other. The human species needs to classify among its members; it's necessary for survival. But anthropologists say it was the scientific revolution in Europe that turned what was essentially a social characteristic into an allegedly biological one. New research suggests that kids will quickly classify by race, but only if their society deems it important.