Biological Determinism

Discipline: Sociology

Theory of human character.

Normally attributed to thinkers rather than claimed by them.

Human character is determined by physical, biological characteristics, which are inherited.

Racism and sexism both frequently employ the assumptions of biological determinism to divide people into groups which are alleged to differ in ability and inclination.

Source:
Maggie Humm, The Dictionary of Feminist Theory (Hemel Hempstead, 1989)

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