This paper presents an analysis of the « race » concept as used by researchers who have studied the smoking behavior of African Americans.
Most researchers in the field have failed to address the conceptual dimensions and meanings of « race » and accept uncritically the use of the term.
This practice is viewed as an impediment in explaining inter-and intra-racial group differences and intervening effectively to reduce consumption of tobacco products.
Adopting the majority-minority intergroup relations paradigm, the conceptual and practical meanings of « race » are reviewed by focusing on the history of relations between blacks and tobacco, conceptions of « race. » « biology » and cigarette smoking, and the sociological nucleus (e.g. social class, racism and culture) of « race. » Genetic or biologic assumptions and meanings of « race » in research on the smoking behavior of African Americans are critically examined.
It is argued that « race » is a dynamic social construct reflecting societal transformations in relations between racially classified social groups (RCSGs).
Mots-clés Pascal : Tabagisme, Homme, Race, Minorité, Noir américain, Concept, Définition, Aspect social, Comportement
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Tobacco smoking, Human, Race, Minority, Black American, Concept, Definition, Social aspect, Behavior
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Code Inist : 002B18C05C. Création : 03/02/1998.