Weil, Michael David
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Race has continually shifted and been redefined throughout the history of the United States. Yet, the contemporary moment offers a particular opportunity to address how race functions as a categorizational term because it is presently invoked in such different and confused ways. Critical race theorists understand race in ideological terms, while scientists eager to explore predispositions to disease are increasingly casting race back into biological terms. This rebiologization of race represents both an important context with which to address race while provoking the question of whether or not a scientific notion of race can be anything but racist. I maintain that the rebiologization of race is no threat to the previous deconstruction of race and that claims regarding the meaningless and arbitrariness of race can exist side by side with biological notions of race.