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What Is "Your" Race?The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans$
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Kenneth Prewitt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157030

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157030.001.0001

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Pressures Mount

Pressures Mount

(p.129) Chapter 8 Pressures Mount
What Is "Your" Race?

Kenneth Prewitt

Princeton University Press

This chapter introduces pressures that challenge the role of statistical races in today's policy environment. One pressure is multiraciality as exemplified in the “mark one or more” census option introduced in 2000. A second pressure pulling in a similar direction is diversity as a policy goal, now widely embraced from the military to the corporation to the university. The third pressure is the color-blind movement. This is in response to the dilemma of recognition, a phrase indicating that making race groups beneficiaries of policy can itself intensify group identities. These three pressures weaken the hold of statistical races and in so doing open up political space for fresh thinking about racial measurement.

Keywords:   statistical races, policy environment, multiraciality, census, diversity, color-blind movement, racial measurement

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