moral statistics

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 nineteenth-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.

Dictionary of sociology. 2013.

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