5203.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Modern history of racial measurement and categorization: implications of the past for the future - Part 1

Definitions of "race" and "ethnicity" have been central both to scientific research and social organization in the modern industrial era. Papers in this session will explore the history of racial categorization from the late nineteenth century to the present through several lenses: Black-Jewish relationships in the definition of juvenile delinquency in the 1940s, the racial and ethnic categorization of workers in labor unions in the 1960s and 1970s, shifting definitions of whiteness over the course of the past century, the impact of changing definitions of "race" on epidemiological research and analysis, and finally the impact of the Human Genome Project on scientific understandings of race. Each paper will also discuss the implications of the history of racial categorization and measurement for the future of public health
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Evelynn Hammonds, PhD
Organizer(s):Amy Fairchild
2:30 PMFabrication of race: vicissitudes of 'whiteness' in US political culture
Matthew Jacobson, PhD
2:50 PM'Race' and research in US epidemiology during the 20th century
Gerald Oppenheimer, PhD, MPH
3:10 PMRace and the genomics revolution
Michael Yudell
Sponsor:Medical Care
Cosponsors:Disability Forum; Environment; Epidemiology; Latino Caucus; Social Work; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA