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For Whom Does the Bell Toll?: Meritocracy, the Cognitive Elite, and the Continuing Significance of Race in Postindustrial America
Frank Harold Wilson
The Journal of Negro Education
Vol. 64, No. 3, Myths and Realities: African Americans and the Measurement of Human Abilities (Summer, 1995), pp. 253-266
Published by: Journal of Negro Education
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2967207
Page Count: 14
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This article contextualizes and decontextualizes the intellectual construction of Herrnstein and Murray's The Bell Curve and presents a critical appraisal of the book's controversial analyses of social-class and racial/ethnic differences in intelligence. It refutes as cultural superstition and social science pornography The Bell Curve's theories on the role of intelligence in the social stratification of postindustrial America. It further refutes Herrnstein and Murray's ideas about the effects of IQ on social outcomes such as poverty, schooling, occupation, and underemployment, and counters the pessimistic public policy proposals their research engenders.
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