Geography, race, and quantification

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This article reviews how race, quantification, and raced quantification have been used and written about in geography. Its two primary arguments are that race should be more central in the discipline and that a reluctance to address ontological and epistemological issues has left quantitative geography methodologically impoverished. These two issues merge in an examination of two cases where race is employed as a variable in quantitative models. The critique of these cases is not meant as a condemnation of quantitative geography but as an instructive example on which to construct a critical quantitative geography. The article ends by stressing the importance of quantification in geography and by presenting exemplars of race-critical quantification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-480
Number of pages16
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2009


  • Methodology
  • Quantification
  • Race


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