One aspect of the reading that I didn’t really understand was the part in Dressler reading about the lack of explicit definitions for race. I think the wording kind of confused me and the text didn’t quite provide an example. However, I read it a few times. I believe it means that many researches use race within their research without having a set definition. So for others, this causes a lack of validity in their research because we do not have that set definition. Sometimes, researches will categorize by race without actually looking at other factors that may be playing into their research as well. This also causes a serious problem with the research because a researcher is ignoring other factors like genetic or environmental factors.
I also had a question for you guys and that is: so if you could define race to be used in an ‘ethnobiological’ way, how would you go about that? Personally, I think you have to divide ‘race’ up into different factors such as cultural or environmental.