Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research

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Researchers commonly ask subjects to self-identify their race from a menu of preestablished options. Yet if race is a multidimensional, multilevel social construction, this has profound methodological implications for the sciences and social sciences. Race must inform how we design large-scale data collection and how scientists utilize race in the context of specific research questions. This landmark collection argues for the recognition of those implications for research and suggests ways in which they may be integrated into future scientific endeavors. It concludes on a prescriptive note, providing an arsenal of multidisciplinary, conceptual, and methodological tools for studying race specifically within the context of health inequalities.

Contributors: John A. Garcia, Arline T. Geronimus, Laura E. Gómez, Joseph L. Graves Jr., Janet E. Helms, Derek Kenji Iwamoto, Jonathan Kahn, Jay S. Kaufman, Mai M. Kindaichi, Simon J. Craddock Lee, Nancy López, Ethan H. Mereish, Matthew Miller, Gabriel R. Sanchez, Aliya Saperstein, R. Burciaga Valdez, Vicki D. Ybarra

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813570211
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 08/12/2013
Series: Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

LAURA E. GÓMEZ is a professor of law, sociology, and Chicano studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. She is the author of Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race.

NANCY LÓPEZ is an associate professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education.

Table of Contents

Contents Figures and Tables Foreword Preface Chapter 1: Introduction Part I: Charting the Problem Chapter 2: The Politics of Framing Health Disparities Chapter 3: Looking at the World through “Race”-­Colored Glasses Chapter 4: Ethical Dilemmas in Statistical Practice Chapter 5: A Holistic Alternative to Current Survey Research Approaches to Race Part II: Navigating Diverse Empirical Settings Chapter 6: Organizational Practice and Social Constraints Chapter 7: Lessons from Political Science Chapter 8: Advancing Asian American Mental Health Research by Enhancing Racial Identity Measures Part III: Surveying Solutions Chapter 9: Representing the Multidimensionality of Race in Survey Research Chapter 10: How Racial-­Group Comparisons Create Misinformation in Depression Research Chapter 11: Jedi Public Health Chapter 12: Contextualizing Lived Race-­Gender and the Racialized-­Gendered Social Determinants of Health Notes on Contributors Index

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