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  • More Damned Lies and Statisticsby Joel Best

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 29.95

    In this sequel to the acclaimed Damned Lies and Statistics, which the Boston Globe said "deserves a place next to the dictionary on every school, media, and home-office desk," Joel Best continues his straightforward, lively, and humorous account of how statistics are produced, used, and misused by everyone from researchers to journalists. Underlining... more...

  • Flavor of the Monthby Joel Best

    University of California Press 2006; US$ 30.00

    While fads such as hula hoops or streaking are usually dismissed as silly enthusiasms, trends in institutions such as education, business, medicine, science, and criminal justice are often taken seriously, even though their popularity and usefulness is sometimes short-lived. Institutional fads such as open classrooms, quality circles, and multiple... more...

  • Everyone's a Winnerby Joel Best

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 32.95

    Every kindergarten soccer player gets a trophy. Many high schools name dozens of seniors as valedictorians—of the same class. Cars sport bumper stickers that read "USA—Number 1." Prizes proliferate in every corner of American society, and excellence is trumpeted with ratings that range from "Academy Award winner!" to "Best Neighborhood Pizza!" In ... more...

  • The Stupidity Epidemicby Joel Best

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 10.95

    Critics often warn that American schools are failing, and that our students are ill-prepared for the challenges the future holds, and may even be "the dumbest generation." We can think of these claims as warning about a Stupidity Epidemic. This essay begins by tracing the history of the idea of that American students, teachers, and schools are somehow... more...

  • Damned Lies and Statisticsby Joel Best

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 29.95

    Here, by popular demand, is the updated edition to Joel Best's classic guide to understanding how numbers can confuse us. In his new afterword, Best uses examples from recent policy debates to reflect on the challenges to improving statistical literacy. Since its publication ten years ago, Damned Lies and Statistics has emerged as the go-to handbook... more...

  • Stat-Spottingby Joel Best

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 29.95

    Does a young person commit suicide every thirteen minutes in the United States? Are four million women really battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year? Is methamphetamine our number one drug problem today? Alarming statistics bombard our daily lives, appearing in the news, on the Web, seemingly everywhere. But all too often, even... more...

  • Troubling Childrenby Joel Best

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 44.95

    First Published in 2017. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company. more...

  • Images of Issuesby Joel Best

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 44.95

    Constructionist theory describes and analyzes social problems as emerging through the efforts of claimsmakers who bring issues to public attention. By typifying a problem and characterizing it as a particular sort, claimsmakers can shape policymaking and public response to the problem. Th is new edition of Images of Issues addresses claimsmaking in... more...

  • The Satanism Scareby Joel Best

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 44.95

    Although there is growing concern over Satanism as a threat to American life, the topic has received surprisingly little serious attention. Recognizing this, the editors of this volume have selected papers from a wide variety of disciplines, broadly covering contemporary aspects of Satanism from the vantage points of studies in folklore, cults, religion,... more...

  • American Nightmaresby Joel Best

    University of California Press 2018; US$ 29.95

    In an accessible and droll style, well-known sociologist Joel Best shines a light on how we navigate these anxious, insecure social times. While most of us still strive for the American Dream—to graduate from college, own a home, work toward early retirement—recent generations have been told that the next generation will not be able to achieve these... more...