Measuring Racial Discrimination

Measuring Racial Discrimination

by Panel on Methods for Assessing Discrimination, Rebecca M. Blank, Marilyn Dabady, Constance F. Citro
     
 

Many racial and ethnic groups in the United States, including blacks, Hispanics, Asians, American Indians, and others, have historically faced severe discrimination—pervasive and open denial of civil, social, political, educational, and economic opportunities. Today, large differences among racial and ethnic groups continue to exist in employment, income and… See more details below

Overview

Many racial and ethnic groups in the United States, including blacks, Hispanics, Asians, American Indians, and others, have historically faced severe discrimination—pervasive and open denial of civil, social, political, educational, and economic opportunities. Today, large differences among racial and ethnic groups continue to exist in employment, income and wealth, housing, education, criminal justice, health, and other areas. While many factors may contribute to such differences, their size and extent suggest that various forms of discriminatory treatment persist in U.S. society and serve to undercut the achievement of equal opportunity.

Measuring Racial Discrimination considers the definition of race and racial discrimination, reviews the existing techniques used to measure racial discrimination, and identifies new tools and areas for future research. The book conducts a thorough evaluation of current methodologies for a wide range of circumstances in which racial discrimination may occur, and makes recommendations on how to better assess the presence and effects of discrimination.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309091268
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction15
Pt. IConcepts23
2Defining race25
3Defining discrimination39
4Theories of discrimination55
Pt. IIMethods71
5Casual inference and the assessment of racial discrimination77
6Experimental methods for assessing discrimination90
7Statistical analysis of observational data118
8Attitudinal and behavioral indicators of discrimination162
9An illustration of methodological complexity racial profiling186
Pt. IIIData collection and research203
10Measurement of race by the U.S. government205
11Cumulative disadvantage and racial discrimination223
12Research : next steps247

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