The Smart Culture: Society, Intelligence, and Law

The Smart Culture: Society, Intelligence, and Law

by Robert L. Hayman Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814735347

ISBN-13: 9780814735343

Pub. Date: 08/01/2000

Publisher: New York University Press

Interweaving engaging narratives with dramatic case studies, Robert L. Hayman, Jr., has written a history of intelligence that will forever change the way we think about who is smart and who is not. To give weight to his assertion that intelligence is not simply an inherent characteristic but rather reflects the interests and predispositions of those doing the…  See more details below

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Interweaving engaging narratives with dramatic case studies, Robert L. Hayman, Jr., has written a history of intelligence that will forever change the way we think about who is smart and who is not. To give weight to his assertion that intelligence is not simply an inherent characteristic but rather reflects the interests and predispositions of those doing the measuring, Hayman traces numerous campaigns to classify human intelligence. His tour takes us through the early craniometric movement, eugenics, the development of the IQ, Spearman's "general" intelligence, and more recent works claiming a genetic basis for intelligence differences. What Hayman uncovers is the maddening irony of intelligence: that "scientific" efforts to reduce intelligence to a single, ordinal quantity have persisted - and at times captured our cultural imagination - not because of their scientific legitimacy, but because of their long-standing political appeal. And while we are today formally committed to the notion of equality under the law, our culture retains its central belief in the natural inequality of its members. Consequently, Hayman argues, the promise of a genuine equality can be realized only when the mythology of "intelligence" is debunked - only, that is, when we recognize the decisive role of culture in defining intelligence and creating intelligence differences. Only culture can give meaning to the statement that one person - or one group - is smarter than another. And only culture can provide our motivation for saying it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814735343
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Series:
Critical America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Smart People1
2The First Object of Government: Creation Myths27
3In the Nature of Things: Myths of Race and Racism99
4A Neutral Qualification: Myths of the Market167
5Creating the Smart Culture: Myths of Inferiority215
6The Smart Culture: Myths of Intelligence253
7The Constitution Is Powerless: Myths of Equality under Law307
Epilogue: The Next Reconstruction371
Notes375
Index391

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