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The Resource What is your race? : the census and our flawed efforts to classify Americans, Kenneth Prewitt

What is your race? : the census and our flawed efforts to classify Americans, Kenneth Prewitt

Label
What is your race? : the census and our flawed efforts to classify Americans
Title
What is your race?
Title remainder
the census and our flawed efforts to classify Americans
Statement of responsibility
Kenneth Prewitt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"America is preoccupied with race statistics--perhaps more than any other nation. Do these statistics illuminate social reality and produce coherent social policy, or cloud that reality and confuse social policy? Does America still have a color line? Who is on which side? Does it have a different 'race' line--the nativity line--separating the native born from the foreign born? You might expect to answer these and similar questions with the government's 'statistical races.' Not likely, observes Kenneth Prewitt, who shows why the way we count by race is flawed. Prewitt calls for radical change. The nation needs to move beyond a race classification whose origins are in discredited eighteenth-century race-is-biology science, a classification that once defined Japanese and Chinese as separate races, but now combines them as a statistical 'Asian race.' One that once tried to divide the 'white race' into 'good whites' and 'bad whites,' and that today cannot distinguish descendants of Africans brought in chains four hundred years ago from children of Ethiopian parents who eagerly immigrated twenty years ago. Contrary to common sense, the classification says there are only two ethnicities in America--Hispanics and non-Hispanics. But if the old classification is cast aside, is there something better? What Is Your Race? clearly lays out the steps that can take the nation from where it is to where it needs to be. It's not an overnight task--particularly the explosive step of dropping today's race question from the census--but Prewitt argues persuasively that radical change is technically and politically achievable, and morally necessary."--Book jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Prewitt, Kenneth
Dewey number
305.800973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E184.A1
LC item number
P725 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ethnicity
  • Demography
  • United States
  • United States
Label
What is your race? : the census and our flawed efforts to classify Americans, Kenneth Prewitt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction and overview -- Classification before counting: the statistical races -- The compromise that made the republic and the nation's first statistical race -- Race science captures the prize, the U.S. Census -- How many white races are there? -- Racial justice finds a policy tool -- When you have a hammer: statistical races misused -- Pressures mount -- The problem of the twenty-first century is the problem of the color line as it intersects the nativity line -- Where are we exactly? -- Getting from where we are to where we need to be
Control code
811778507
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 271 pages
Isbn
9780691157030
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012037528
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022545262
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)811778507
Label
What is your race? : the census and our flawed efforts to classify Americans, Kenneth Prewitt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction and overview -- Classification before counting: the statistical races -- The compromise that made the republic and the nation's first statistical race -- Race science captures the prize, the U.S. Census -- How many white races are there? -- Racial justice finds a policy tool -- When you have a hammer: statistical races misused -- Pressures mount -- The problem of the twenty-first century is the problem of the color line as it intersects the nativity line -- Where are we exactly? -- Getting from where we are to where we need to be
Control code
811778507
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 271 pages
Isbn
9780691157030
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012037528
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022545262
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)811778507

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