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Signal Manipulation and the Causal Status of Race

Weinberger, Naftali (2011) Signal Manipulation and the Causal Status of Race. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Discussions of the causal status of race focus on the question of whether race itself can be experimentally manipulated. Yet many experiments testing for racial discrimination do not manipulate race, but rather a signal by which race influences an outcome. Such signal manipulations are easily formalized, though contexts of discrimination introduce an additional issue. Whether a signal counts as a signal for race is not merely a causal question, but depends on sociological and normative issues regarding discrimination. The notion of signal manipulation enables one to take these issues into account while still using causal counterfactual tests to detect discrimination.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Weinberger, Naftali
Keywords: Causation; Race; Manipulability; Discrimination; Causal Modeling; Experiments
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Science and Society
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Mr. Naftali Weinberger
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2021 01:26
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 01:26
Item ID: 19688
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Science and Society
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: October 2011
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19688

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