Race in Social Research

Authored by: Michael Root

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138825758
eBook ISBN: 9781315410098
Adobe ISBN: 9781315410081


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Social scientists, when studying variations within the US population in a range of economic, political, social and health-related variables, routinely classify members by race, but, in their dealings with one another, they classify each other by race as well. Race is a tool social scientists use to describe their subjects, but race is also a badge social scientists wear, and, like their subjects, they are colored by race, marked as Black or White, as Asian or American-Indian; their racial attitudes or antipathies shape them, influence their practice, no less than they shape or influence the people they study.

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