Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD.

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    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      race
      WEIRD
      Western
      whiteness
    • Abstract:
      WEIRD populations, or those categorized as Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic, are sampled in the majority of quantitative human subjects research. Although this oversampling is criticized in some corners of social science research, it is not always clear what we are critiquing. In this article, we make three interventions into the WEIRD concept and its common usage. First, we seek to better operationalize the terms within WEIRD to avoid erasing people with varying identities who also live within WEIRD contexts. Second, we name whiteness as the factor that most strongly unites WEIRD research and researchers yet typically goes unacknowledged. We show how reflexivity is a tool that can help social scientists better understand the effects of whiteness within the scientific enterprise. Third, we look at the positionality of biological anthropology, as not cultural anthropology and not psychology, and how that offers both promise and pitfalls to the study of human variation. We offer other perspectives on what constitutes worthy and rigorous biological anthropology research that does not always prioritize replicability and statistical power, but rather emphasizes the full spectrum of the human experience. From here, we offer several ways forward to produce more inclusive human subjects research, particularly around existing methodologies such as grounded theory, Indigenous methodologies, and participatory action research, and call on biological anthropology to contribute to our understanding of whiteness. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA
      2Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA
      3American Indian Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA
    • ISSN:
      0084-6570
    • Accession Number:
      10.1146/annurev-anthro-102218-011133
    • Accession Number:
      139272980
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CLANCY, K. B. H.; DAVIS, J. L. Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD. Annual Review of Anthropology, [s. l.], v. 48, p. 169–186, 2019. DOI 10.1146/annurev-anthro-102218-011133. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=139272980. Acesso em: 21 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Clancy KBH, Davis JL. Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD. Annual Review of Anthropology. 2019;48:169-186. doi:10.1146/annurev-anthro-102218-011133.
    • APA:
      Clancy, K. B. H., & Davis, J. L. (2019). Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD. Annual Review of Anthropology, 48, 169–186. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-anthro-102218-011133
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Clancy, Kathryn B.H., and Jenny L. Davis. 2019. “Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD.” Annual Review of Anthropology 48 (October): 169–86. doi:10.1146/annurev-anthro-102218-011133.
    • Harvard:
      Clancy, K. B. H. and Davis, J. L. (2019) ‘Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD’, Annual Review of Anthropology, 48, pp. 169–186. doi: 10.1146/annurev-anthro-102218-011133.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Clancy, KBH & Davis, JL 2019, ‘Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD’, Annual Review of Anthropology, vol. 48, pp. 169–186, viewed 21 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Clancy, Kathryn B. H., and Jenny L. Davis. “Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD.” Annual Review of Anthropology, vol. 48, Oct. 2019, pp. 169–186. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1146/annurev-anthro-102218-011133.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Clancy, Kathryn B.H., and Jenny L. Davis. “Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD.” Annual Review of Anthropology 48 (October 2019): 169–86. doi:10.1146/annurev-anthro-102218-011133.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Clancy KBH, Davis JL. Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD. Annual Review of Anthropology [Internet]. 2019 Oct [cited 2020 Jan 21];48:169–86. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=139272980