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ERIC Number: ED405406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Pages: 19
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A History of the Constructs IQ and Race: Putting "The Bell Curve" in Perspective.
Fenwick, Leslie T.
"The Bell Curve" by Richard Herrnstein and Charles E. Murray has created a great deal of controversy because of its assertion that the key to explaining inequality and social problems in the United States is stratification by a unitary entity called intelligence, or cognitive ability, as measured by the intelligence quotient (IQ). Their position is in line with the persistent and influential myth of black or African intellectual inferiority. It is asserted that the book is a rehashing of the scientific racism that has influenced American political and economic thought. The most difficult and intransigent of racialist attitudes in Western thought have been generated in the African-Anglo-American triangle. As social scientists, Herrnstein and Murray believe in the relationship between IQ and genes. They join those who still believe that certain groups of people are more intelligent than other groups of people based on ethnic/racial and social class affiliations. Research on the physical precocity and early cognitive development of black children has been ignored by Herrnstein, Murray, and their supporters. A list of resources, which includes studies of early child development, is presented to supply information to counter the myths and scientism of "The Bell Curve" and its advocates. (SLD)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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