Names, Ethnicity and Populations

Tracing Identity in Space

  • Pablo Mateos

Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Pablo Mateos
    Pages 1-5
  3. Theory: Identity and Names

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Pablo Mateos
      Pages 9-27
    3. Pablo Mateos
      Pages 49-80
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      Pages 81-114
  4. Methods: Name-Based Ethnicity Classifications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Pablo Mateos
      Pages 145-182
  5. Applications: Mapping Names and Ethnicity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Pablo Mateos
      Pages 257-259
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 261-269

About this book


Ethnicity has become one of the most studied human dimensions in social and biomedical sciences over the past decade. However, there are important shortcomings in the means available to researchers to define and classify human group difference in past, as well as contemporary populations. Personal naming conventions usually adhere to unwritten social norms and customs that with time end up producing distinctive cultural, ethnic, linguistic, religious and geographic patterns in name distributions. This book follows the fascinating journey of personal names across the world, using maps and networks to identify alternative combinations of ethnic and geographic origins in contemporary population groups and neighbourhoods. This innovative approach allows population researchers to build more nuanced understandings about the history and immediate future of our contemporary multicultural societies, at a time in which the predominant political discourse and public debates are challenging increasing population diversity in the developed world.


Naming networks Race and ethnicity Spatial analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Pablo Mateos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geography, CIESAS OccidenteUniversity College London, United Kingdom, and Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS)GuadalajaraMexico

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-45412-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-45413-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9602
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