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A Terminology for Human Variation Studies: Defining “Racialism,” “Racial Hierarchism” and “Racism”

Goran Štrkalj


Published: 2009/12/01


Numerous controversies and misunderstandings surround the study of human biological variation. It is agued in this paper that terminological clarification could result in a better understanding of several important issues within this field of research. Following on the work of George Fredrickson, the terms “racialism” and “racism” are defined and a new phrase – “racial hierarchism” – is introduced and defined.

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