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Bell Curve Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

ISBN-10: 0684824299
ISBN-13: 9780684824291
Edition: 1996
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 1/10/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 912
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.672

The seminal book about IQ and class that ignited one of the most explosive controversies in decades, now updated with a new Afterword by Charles Murray Breaking new ground and old taboos, Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray tell the story of a society in transformation. At the top, a cognitive elite is forming in which the passkey to the best schools and the best jobs is no longer social background but high intelligence. At the bottom, the common denominator of the underclass is increasingly low intelligence rather than racial or social disadvantage. The Bell Curve describes the state of scientific knowledge about questions that have been on people's minds for years but have been considered too sensitive to talk about openly -- among them, IQ's relationship to crime, unemployment, welfare, child neglect, poverty, and illegitimacy; ethnic differences in intelligence; trends in fertility among women of different levels of intelligence; and what policy can do -- and cannot do -- to compensate for differences in intelligence. Brilliantly argued and meticulously documented, The Bell Curve is the essential first step in coming to grips with the nation's social problems.

Richard J. Herrnstein was Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
A Note to the Reader
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Emergence of a Cognitive Elite
Cognitive Class and Education, 1900-1990
Cognitive Partitioning by Occupation
The Economic Pressure to Partition
Steeper Ladders, Narrower Gates
Cognitive Classes and Social Behavior
Poverty
Schooling
Unemployment, Idleness, and Injury
Family Matters
Welfare Dependency
Parenting
Crime
Civility and Citizenship
The National Context
Ethnic Differences in Cognitive Ability
Ethnic Inequalities in Relation to IQ
The Demography of Intelligence
Social Behavior and the Prevalence of Low Cognitive Ability
Living Together
Raising Cognitive Ability
The Leveling of American Education
Affirmative Action in Higher Education
Affirmative Action in the Workplace
The Way We Are Headed
A Place for Everyone
Afterworld
Appendixes
Statistics for People Who Are Sure They Can't Learn Statistics
Technical Issues Regarding the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth
Technical Issues Regarding the Armed Forces Qualification Test as a Measure of IQ
Regression Analyses (rom Part II5 Supplemental Material for Chapter 136 Regression Analyses from Chapter 147 The Evolution of Affirmative Action in the Workplace
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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