More Damned Lies and Statistics

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August 2004



In this sequel to "Damned Lies and Statistics," Best identifies different sorts of numbers that shape how people think about public issues, including missing numbers, scary numbers, confusing numbers, authoritative numbers, and magical numbers.


Acknowledgments Preface: People Count 1. Missing Numbers 2. Confusing Numbers 3. Scary Numbers 4. Authoritative Numbers 5. Magical Numbers 6. Contentious Numbers 7. Toward Statistical Literacy? Notes Index


Joel Best is Professor and Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists (California, 2001), Random Violence: How We Talk about New Crimes and New Victims (California, 1999), and Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern about Child-Victims (1990).


"Best provides us with another telling compendium of misleading statistics about a variety of topical issues. His approach to explicating them is lucid, instructive, and quite engaging." - John Allen Paulos, author of Innumeracy; "Best has established himself as a brilliant observer of our national fads and scares. If he can deal with highly significant topics in such lucid and enjoyable prose, why can't other social scientists begin to match him?" - Philip Jenkins, author of The New Anti-Catholicism; "Joel Best continues to confront us with the delicious lunacy of statistical gaffes and fantasies. Whether discussing 'deaths from falling coconuts,' teenage bullying, or the likelihood of contracting breast cancer, Best teaches us to avoid the dangers of statistical illiteracy. As his cogent and comic examples from the media amply demonstrate, there is much teaching yet to be done. While we like to believe that it is our opponents who are fools with figures, this volume demonstrates that liberals, conservatives, libertarians, lawyers, physicians, and educators fall in the same numerical traps." - Gary Alan Fine, coauthor of Whispers on the Color Line"
EAN: 9780520238305
ISBN: 0520238303
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: University Press Group Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2004
Format: gebunden
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