203363 Introduction: From social statistics to a sociology of statistics

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:30 AM

Luis Alberto Aviles, PhD , Sociology, University of Puerto Rico, Boqueron, PR
Public health professionals use social statistics, from basic demographic data to socio-economic characteristics, as part of their everyday practice. As opposed to the use of statistics as instruments in the conduct of research, the sociology of statistics takes statistical concepts and practices as their object of research, interrogating and scrutinizing them. This session takes as its point of departure two recent award-wining books —Sarah Igo's The Averaged American: Survey, Citizens and the Making of Mass Public and Steven Epstein's Inclussion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research— in order to take a careful look at the historical changes that shaped the way statisticians and other scientists looked, identified, classified, and understood the American population through the 20th century.

Learning Objectives:
1. To identify the differences between social statistics and the sociology of statistics. 2. To explain the meaning of “statistical citizenship.”

Keywords: Statistics, History

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Professor of Sociology M.S. in Biostatistics Editor- DataCritica: International Journal of Critical Statistics
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.