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Good Journalism about Social Science

- May 19, 2008

Since I was recently complaining about the lack of political science in journalism, let me also give credit where credit is due. This piece, by John Judis in The New Republic, does a nice job surveying relevant literature about race from political science and psychology, including work by Tali Mendelberg, David Sears, Donald Kinder, Nicholas Valentino, Vincent Hutchings, and Ismail White. Judis’ piece is distinctive for treating social science as if it has some nuance — in particular, discussing existing debates rather than treating the debates as settled. There are, of course, further nuances and debates that he does not discuss, but, given the limits of magazine journalism, he still deserves kudos.

[Hat tip to Clyde Wilcox]