Michael Kammen on public surveys
THE AVERAGED AMERICAN:
Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public.
By Sarah E. Igo. Harvard Univ. Press. 398 pp. $35
Reviewed by Michael Kammen
How to count Americans accurately has been a contentious question ever since the first federal census was undertaken in 1790. A century ago, foundations and commissions began to support more focused surveys, usually with an eye to policy, such as tenement housing reform...