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MIT21A_226F09_q19 - Nov 15 2009 Study Questions Nagel...

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Nov. 15, 2009 Study Questions Nagel 83-105 and 113-141 1. Provide a reasonable working definition of race (i.e., this shouldn’t be seen as requiring you to pronounce the final word on the subject). Then discuss some of the problems with the concept as used by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2. Nagel says that the Census Bureau’s formulas and categories suggest that there is a role played by the politics of race and ethnicity in the census. Discuss. 3. Nagel speaks of “the discrepancy between race and ancestry.” Discuss. 4. What impressions did you have of the U.S. census’s figures on race prior to reading this chapter in Nagel? In what areas are these figures important (what kinds of “work” do these statistics do)? 5. “Researchers have concluded that most African Americans marked “black/Negro.” (p. 87) What does this mean? Why did they need to think about this and finally come to a conclusion? 6. Nagel quotes Forbes as estimating that the American Indian population is vastly undercounted.
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