American Sociological Association

The Importance of Collecting Data and Doing Social Science Research on Race

May 17, 2017

Statement adopted by the elected Council of the American Sociological Association. The ASA statement highlights significant research findings on the role and consequences of race relations in social institutions such as schools, labor markets, neighborhoods, and health care scholarship that would not have been possible without data on racial categories. The report concludes that the failure to gather data on this socially significant category would preserve the status quo. This projected was supported by the Spivack Fund for Applied Social Research and Social Policy.

12 pages, March 2003. Available free online in PDF format.

Race and Ethnicity