Race, Genetics, and Health: Transforming Inequities or Reproducing a Fallacy?

  • Michael J. Montoya Temple University Press


The editors of this journal issue have provoked us to consider whether or not “race” should ever be part of a scientific apparatus. Is it possible, their questions imply, for something as slippery as this concept to be used for anything but stratified inequity? In my response, I define the sets of terms needed to begin to answer this question and then lay out my philosophy of a materiosemiotics from which worldmaking emerges. Only from this foundation can I address the recuperability or repurposability of the race concept in technoscience.