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In Measures Lies, the first thoughtful and reasoned reading of The Bell Curve, the editors have assembled a group of the most well-respected educators and social theorists writing today to provide responses to Hernstein and Murray's racial and intellectual agenda.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Measured Lies more than measures up, presenting a sound refutation of the faulty hype, and hidden political agenda that made The Bell Curve a media phenomenon." —Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)
Library Journal
In this volume, Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, authors of the notorious The Bell Curve (Free Pr., 1994), are once again accused of specious methodology in their rationalization of a ("hoodoo") social science position that claims to validate an immutable genetic connection among low achievement, poverty, violent crime affecting an entire class of people (primarily African American), and I.Q. scores. The 44 contributors span a broad range of affiliation and focus. Similar to but more strident than those found in The Bell Curve Wars: Race, Intelligence, and the Future of America (LJ 4/15/94), these abundantly referenced essays criticize the validity of Herrnstein and Murray's thesis for use of questionable assumptions, reliance on racist scholars, rejection of contradictory evidence, and equation of correlation with cause. Part a product of an increasingly conservative society, part authors' bias, The Bell Curve is seen by the essayists as a seriously flawed, dangerous rearticulation of white supremacist/racist/class ideology. This thoughtful, readable anthology is highly recommended for academics, policy makers, and the general public.Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred
Twenty-nine essays responding to Herrnstein and Murray's book The Bell Curve arguing against its thesis point by point, chapter by chapter. The contributors, distinguished scholars in their fields, use the techniques of reason, logic, and evidence emphasized by The Bell Curve authors without sacrificing some very powerful accusations of racism, classism, sexism, and elitism. The volume also features interviews with Stanley Aronowitz, and a dialogue between Paulo Freire and Donaldo Macedo. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312172282
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introducing The Bell Curve
1 Who Said It Can't Happen Here? 3
Pt. II Situating The Bell Curve
2 Dominance and Dependency: Situating The Bell Curve within the Conservative Restoration 51
3 The Bell Curve Debate and the Crisis of Public Intellectuals 71
4 The Ape's IQ 91
Pt. III Responding to The Bell Curve: Chapter by Chapter
5 The Set-up: Crocodile Tears for the Poor 109
6 For Whom The Bell Tolls: A Cognitive or Educated Elite? 127
7 IQ as Commodity: The "New" Economics of Intelligence 137
8 In the Name of Science and of Genetics and of The Bell Curve: White Supremacy in American Schools 161
9 Bad Luck, Bad Blood, Bad Faith: Ideological Hegemony and the Oppressive Language of Hoodoo Social Science 177
10 Speculation Based on Speculation: The Problem of The Bell Curve and the Question of Schooling 193
11 Leaps of an Unjust Faith: Missing Links in the Causes of Labor Force Participation 203
12 Family Matters 211
13 Genetic Rationalizations and Public Policy: Herrnstein and Murray on Intelligence and Welfare Dependency 219
14 Parenting in the Promised Land 227
15 Race, Repression, and the Politics of Crime and Punishment in The Bell Curve 237
16 The Last Rational Men: Citizenship, Morality, and the Pursuit of Human Perfection 251
17 The Bell Curve, Intelligence, and Virtuous Jews 265
18 Chaos and Complexity: A Quantum Analysis of The Bell Curve 291
19 Dysgenesis and White Culture 303
20 A Suburban Tale: Representation and Segregation in Special Needs Education 315
21 The Bell Curve and Transracial Adoption Studies 331
22 White Supremacy and the Politics of Fear and Loathing 343
23 The Bell Curve, Affirmative Action, and the Quest for Equity 351
24 Attacking Affirmative Action: Social Darwiminism as Public PRolicy 367
25 Questioning "The Way We Are Headed" 379
26 On Refusing One's Place: The Ditchdigger's Dream 391
Pt. IV Talking About The Bell Curve
27 Interviewing and Finding Sound Bites 405
28 Interviews 411
Interview with Stanley Aronowitz by Shirley R. Steinberg
Interview with Ellen Willis by Joe L. Kincheloe
29 Scientism as a Form of Racism: A Dialogue 423
Coda "Cognitive Elitism" versus Moral Courage 433
Biographies 441
Index 451
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