moral statistics

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Numerical data which are generally held to be indicative of social pathology. These would include, for example, statistics on suicide, divorce, mental health, illegitimacy, and abortion. In certain 19th-century European societies (most notably France and Britain), such data were widely cited in debates about social reform—although they were usually deployed in very unsociological (indeed unsophisticated) ways.

Subjects: Sociology.

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