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Race, Policing, and The Limits of Social Science

Lily Hu argues that studying the social world requires more than deference to data in an article for the Boston Review.

“We need a more refined appreciation of what social science can offer as a well of inquiry, evidence, and knowledge, and what it can’t. In the tides of latest findings, what we should believe—and what we should give up believing—can never be decided simply by brute appeals to data, cordoned off from judgments of reliability and significance.”

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