Racial stereotyping persists, even after death
- January 31, 2011
- A study co-authored by Andrew Noymer and Andrew Penner, sociologist assistant professors, is featured by TIME January 28, 2011
When coroners fill out a death certificate, they must make note of the race of the deceased, but that can sometimes be a subjective call. A new study finds that officials' perception of a person's race may be influenced by the way that person died. For the study, researchers at U.C. Irvine and University of Oregon, Eugene, looked at data from 22,905 death certificates in the 1993 National Mortality Followback Survey, which compared information on official death certificates with information provided by family members of the deceased: in 1.1% of cases, it turned out, family members said the race noted on the death certificate was incorrect.
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