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What Is "Your" Race?: The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans

Kenneth Prewitt


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,” but this book observes that this is not likely and shows why the way we count by race is flawed. The book calls for radical ch ... More

Keywords: race statistics, social policy, American color line, native born, foreign born, race classification, Hispanics, non-Hispanics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157030
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157030.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Prewitt, author
Columbia University