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What Is Your Race?
The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans
Kenneth Prewitt

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List of Figures and Tables ix
Preface xi
Part I What Are Statistical Races?
Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview 3
Chapter 2 Classification before Counting: The Statistical Races 14
Part II Policy, Statistics, and Science Join Forces
Chapter 3 The Compromise That Made the Republic and the Nation's First Statistical Race 31
Chapter 4 Race Science Captures the Prize, the U.S. Census 45
Chapter 5 How Many White Races Are There? 61
Part III When You Have a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail
Chapter 6 Racial Justice Finds a Policy Tool 83
Chapter 7 When You Have a Hammer: Statistical Races Misused 105
Part IV The Statistical Races under Pressure, and a Fresh Rationale
Chapter 8 Pressures Mount 129
Chapter 9 The Problem of the Twenty-first Century Is the Problem of the Color Line as It Intersects the Nativity Line 151
Part V What We Have Is Not What We Need
Chapter 10 Where Are We Exactly? 171
Chapter 11 Getting from Where We Are to Where We Need to Be 183
Appendix: Perspectives from Abroad--Brazil, France, Israel 209
Notes 221
Bibliography 251
Index 263

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