Scrutinizing the tendency to equate census numbers with political power skerry places census controversies in the broader context of contemporary american politics and society he traces our . Finally in a society where racial and ethnic identities are more fluid than ever skerry calls for greater realism about the limited accuracy of census data and for greater tolerance of the untidy politics that accompanies the diversity we have come to value. The census in the new american political system summary the united states constitution has been caught up in americas racial dilemmas ever since it first instructed that a slave been counted as only three fifths of a person. Counting on the census race group identity and the evasion of politics peter skerry on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers since the us constitution first instructed that a slave be counted as only three fifths of a person. Counting on the census race group identity and the evasion of politics peter skerry in counting on the census peter skerry confirms the persistence of minority undercounts and insists that racial and ethnic data are critical to the administration of policies affecting minorities
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