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Thicker than blood : how racial statistics lie
Zuberi, Tukufu.
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Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2001]

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xxii, 193 pages ; 24 cm

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E184.A1 Z83 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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"In this volume, Tukufu Zuberi offers a concise account of the historical connections between the development of the idea of race and the birth of social statistics. Zuberi describes the ways race-differentiated data is misinterpreted in the social sciences and asks questions about the ways racial statistics are used, such as: What is the value of knowing the income disparities or differences in crime and incarceration rates between different racial groups? When these data are available, what should the principles be guiding their dissemination, interpretation, and analysis?"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This slim volume has three major sections. The first briefly reviews the history of the emergence of racial classification as an ideological justification for Western-style racial stratification and domination. Part 2 examines the history of racial statistics and presents a fascinating journey through the successive attempts by social scientists, biologists, statisticians, and the ill-fated eugenicists to do statistical analyses of any kind, and to use such analyses to establish and "measure" racial differences. Along the way, Zuberi (sociology, Univ. of Pennsylvania) convincingly argues that all attempts to treat racial classifications as causes are fundamentally flawed and therefore doomed to failure. Part 3 explores viable and logically defensible ways to examine and ameliorate social problems stemming from systems of racial stratification. The book exhibits a slight tendency toward repetition, but this may be justifiable given how deeply the idea of race as a bona fide biological difference separating humans into genotypically distinct groups is so deeply ingrained in our collective global consciousness. The author's pragmatic goal is to use racial statistics to eliminate racial inequality and therewith introduce an era of racial blindness. Upper-division undergraduate students and above. W. P. Nye Hollins University