Measuring Racial Discrimination

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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: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 15
Pt. I Concepts 23
2 Defining race 25
3 Defining discrimination 39
4 Theories of discrimination 55
Pt. II Methods 71
5 Casual inference and the assessment of racial discrimination 77
6 Experimental methods for assessing discrimination 90
7 Statistical analysis of observational data 118
8 Attitudinal and behavioral indicators of discrimination 162
9 An illustration of methodological complexity racial profiling 186
Pt. III Data collection and research 203
10 Measurement of race by the U.S. government 205
11 Cumulative disadvantage and racial discrimination 223
12 Research : next steps 247
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