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Subject: 2018 Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award winner is The Schematic State by Debra Thompson
2018 Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award
The Canadian Politics Section of the American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the selection of The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census (2016, Cambridge University Press), by Debra Thompson, as the 2018 recipient of the Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award.
The award is given on an annual basis to honor a significant contemporary contribution to the scholarship on Canadian politics, or Canada in a comparative perspective, or a comparative analysis of Canada with other countries, particularly the United States.
Professor Thompson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon.
The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census traces the historical development of the census in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom from a tool used to manage and control racial populations to a modern-day source of statistical information that assists in redressing racial discrimination. This development results from changes in the conceptualization of race and the interplay of political and institutional forces that create social policy. Particularly noteworthy is the theoretical novelty of proposing the schematic state as a construct. Professor Thompson exemplifies the schematic state with rich detail derived from archival research and interviewing. The book covers three countries’ historical and contemporary use of the census in a thoughtful and fair comparative manner.
The Lipset Award will be presented at the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting, August 30 – September 2, in Boston, during the Canadian Politics Section’s Business Meeting.
Ross E. Burkhart, Chair
2018 Seymour Martin Lipset
Best Book Award Selection Committee
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