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Census and Identity : The Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Language in National Censuses - David I. Kertzer

Census and Identity

The Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Language in National Censuses

By: David I. Kertzer (Editor), Dominique Arel (Editor), Dennis P. Hogan (Editor), Jack Caldwell (Editor), Andrew Cherlin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st February 2002
ISBN: 9780521004275
Number Of Pages: 224

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The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Language in National Censuses examines the ways that states have attempted to pigeon-hole the people within their boundaries into racial, ethnic, and language categories. These attempts, whether through American efforts to divide the US population into mutually exclusive racial categories, or through the Soviet system of inscribing nationality categories on internal passports, have important implications not only for people's own identities and life chances, but for national political and social processes as well. The book reviews the history of these categorizing efforts by the state, and offers a theoretical context for examining them, illustrating the case with studies from a range of countries.

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Censuses, identity formation, and the struggle for political power
Racial categorization in censuses
Ethnic categorization in censuses: comparative observations from Israel, Canada, and the United States
Language categories in censuses: backward- or forward-looking?
The debate on resisting identity categorization in France
On counting, categorizing, and violence in
Identity counts: the Soviet legacy and the census in
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ISBN: 9780521004275
ISBN-10: 0521004276
Series: New Perspectives on Anthropological and Social Demography, 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 21st February 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39