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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All Symbols The white child and the black child. Email required Address never made public. My sister Sara so far has lived up to the stereotype my parents formed for us. Parent Resources for Girls Issues. A great many black names today are unique to blacks. Next come lists that also factor in parental income levels “Top Twenty Low-Income White Girl Names” for low, middle, and high incomes, both black and white, both boys and girls.


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Sign In Sign Up. Next come lists of names correlated with level of maternal education. Afterthe figure had shot up to twenty times as common. You are commenting using your WordPress. I was named Anna for three reasons. One way to do so is to look at people who change their names as othdr.

Levitt and Dubner explore the economic consequences of names. Boys’ names moved in the same direction but less aggressively — probably goshanda parents of all races are less adventurous with boys’ names than girls’.


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Descriptive Thinking Nature vs. You are commenting using your Facebook account. We will return to this idea in a bit…. In order to understand the racial biases of names, othet would have to study the people who grow up with distinctively black names and then change their names to sound distinctively white.

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What kinds of mothers are likely to give their children distinctly black names? Documents Flashcards Grammar checker. To find out more, including how to othed cookies, see here: If this naming revolution was indeed inspired by Black Power, it would be one of the movement’s most enduring remnants. Notify me of new comments via email.

Tragically, minorities often experience a lower quality of life nme America, due to hundreds of race- and class-based factors. It is mentioned that a study was made where resumes were sent out, and the resumes with so-called white names received more callbacks than identical resumes with black names.

Winner turned out exactly the opposite. To answer this question, the authors look at the California data that Fryer examined. California collects more information for birth certificates than is done in other states. Given the location and timing of this change — dense urban areas where Afro-American activism was gathering strength — the most likely cause of the explosion in distinctively black names was the Black Power movement, which sought to accentuate African culture and fight claims of black inferiority.

LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Freakonomicswhich you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Names that are “black” as well as names that are neither “black” nor “white” are not included in the list. Here are a few highlights from the supplement at the back the number in parenthesis is average number of years of maternal education: Fryer has studied the segregation of black and white culture: Other minorities, such as Asian-Americans and, to a lesser degree, Hispanic-Americans, tend to give their babies names that are somewhat similar to the names for white babies.


For the second half of the chapter, the authors study changes in names over time, especially across class lines. One reason for this phenomenon is that names can be aspirational: And then there are even more lists, comparing naming trends over different time periods showing among other things how names popular among high-income parents in one decade will be popular among anj parents in the next decade.

Miss Tabor position essay topics. And that is exactly the point Levitt and Dubner are trying to prove. Parents give their children certain names in order to send a anme about the kind of lives they want their children to live.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Likewise, actions such as reading to your child don’t seem to matter according to the rosuanda. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here For example, only one of the ten most common names for white girls, Sarah, appeared on the top ten lists for both and