6. Perfect Parenting, Part II; or: Would a Roshanda by Any Other. Name Smell as Sweet? Obsessive or not, any parent wants to believe that she is making a big. Chapter six covers the first thing a parent ever does for their children: naming them. The author’s major question is if names (as in the instances. Notes on: “A Roshanda by Any Other Name” (the final chapter of Freakonomics) plus Endnotes (to Freakonomics). The most interesting part of the book.

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“A Roshanda by Any Other Name”

Now, most of you probably quickly answered the question, then disregarded it and claimed you are not a racist. In order to answer this question, Fryer studied birth certificates in the state of California.

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Download this Chart Nname. But interestingly enough, of the 15 babies who were named “Yale” over this same time period, every single one was white.

People change their names for racial reasons all the time. Notify me of new comments via email. What kinds of mothers are likely to give their children distinctly black names? Does the name really matter? One important trend to notice is that names that begin as common upper-class names tend to zny common working-class names over time. No category Notes on: And that is exactly the point Levitt and Dubner are trying to prove.

Notes on: “A Roshanda by Any Other Name” (the final chapter

And if they had to enter a talent show the would get first place for their talent roxhanda settling and accepting reality. For the second half of the chapter, the authors study changes in names over time, especially across class lines. You are commenting using your Facebook account. For example, of the people named Precious in the s, were black.


CTM 4 PowerPoint presentation. Loser turned out to be a successful person. Is it possible that otehr can cause people to lead different lives? We will return to this idea in a bit….

A Roshanda By Any Other Name. – Freakonomics.

His colleagues call him Lou. There were also babies named Unique during the ‘s alone… ” The book goes into an extremely extensive amount of lists the names included on these lists all appear in the data at least 10 times — names with fewer than 10 actual instances are left out of consideration, since meaningful statistics cannot be drawn from small datasetsstarting off with Top Twenty “Whitest” Girl Names vs. There is also discussion on the types of names that white people and black people tend to name their children.

The Opposite Sex, wiki assignment. My sister Sara so far has lived up to the stereotype my parents formed for us. More than 40 percent of the black girls born in California in a given year receive a name that not one of the roughlybaby white girls received that year. Two Paths to Harvard.

The statistics indicate that these mothers are usually low-income, unmarried, and uneducated, often still in their teens. Unfortunately these particular lists do not give as much information as they appear to or perhaps it is just that they do not give the information the I would like.

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Part of his investigation of the African-American pride movements involved the California birth certificate data, with regards to the “black-white gap” in names i. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. By she received a name that was rozhanda times more common among blacks. It rosshanda like LaFonda and I have a lot in common. Afros today are rare, dashikis even rarer; Black Panther founder Bobby Seale is best known today for peddling a line of barbeque products. Morality and Prescriptive vs. To begin studying this issue, we can return to the ideas of Roland Fryerwhom we encountered in the last chapter. He named one child Winnerand the other, Loser.


My sisters name is Sara for three reasons as well. The segment ends with the story of a man who named one son Winner and the other Loser.

California collects more information for birth certificates than is done in other states. You are commenting using your Facebook account. One reason for this phenomenon is that names can be aspirational: One way to do so is to look at people who change their names as adults. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The book predicts that in the yeargirl names such as Ava, Maya, Sophie, Isabel, and Emma will be very common, along with boy names such as Carter, Jackson, Oliver, Will, and Aidan.

The chapter begins with an interesting example: Parents give their children certain names in order to send a message about the kind of lives they want their children to live. Strangely, Loser Lane went on to be a pretty successful man: Luckily, there is a supplement in the back of the book with many, many more names than are included on the various “Top Twenty” lists and the corresponding number for average number of years of maternal education [highlights from this later].

Statistically speaking, there are some distinctively black names.

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