Skin Deep

Pages: 384
Subject: Popular Science
Imprint: Oneworld

Skin Deep

Journeys in the Divisive Science of Race

Gavin Evans

Everything you need to know about race (but were afraid to ask)
9781786076229 (29 Aug 2019)
RRP £18.99 / US$27.95

The Book

Everything you need to know about race (but were afraid to ask).

In academic journals and on internet message boards, certain scientists and thinkers are laying siege to one of the great taboos. Could it be, they ask, that racism has a rational basis in science? 

These ideas are no longer limited to the fringe: race-based studies of intelligence have been discussed by thinkers such as Steven Pinker, Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson. If true, it would provide an intellectual foundation for so many of the attitudes that characterise the right wing, justifying inequality and discrimination. 

Gavin Evans tackles the nature vs nurture debate head-on, examining the latest studies on how intelligence develops and laying out new discoveries in genetics, palaeontology, archaeology and anthropology to unearth the truth about our shared past. In doing so, Skin Deep demolishes the pernicious myth that our race is our destiny, and instead reveals what really makes us who we are.

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science
Pages 384
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Gavin Evans was born in London and grew up in Cape Town, where he became intensely involved in the anti-apartheid struggle. He studied economic history and law before completing a PhD in political studies, writing extensively on race and racism. He lectures in the Culture and Media department at Birkbeck College, London, broadcasts regularly for the BBC World Service and is a keen marathon runner.


‘This book contains a wealth of information, old and new, about race and its underlying genetics. Everyone interested in the distinction between knowledge and prejudice in this sensitive and challenging subject should read it.'

- Jonathan Bard, Emeritus Professor of Bioinformatics and Development, University of Edinburgh, and author of Principles of Evolution