Shows how classification and collection processes around mixedness differ between countries and how measurement has been changing over time
Provides a window into the radical global changes in the trend towards multiple racial/ethnic self-identification that has been a feature of the recent past
The first and only handbook to directly address the classification of mixed race/ethnicity on a global scale
Pays specific attention to both the standard classifications and the range of uses these are put to - including social surveys and administrative data - rather than just census forms and data
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Table of contents (41 chapters)
Europe and the UK
About this book
This handbook provides a global study of the classification of mixed race and ethnicity at the state level, bringing together a diverse range of country case studies from around the world.
The classification of race and ethnicity by the state is a common way to organize and make sense of populations in many countries, from the national census and birth and death records, to identity cards and household surveys. As populations have grown, diversified, and become increasingly transnational and mobile, single and mutually exclusive categories struggle to adequately capture the complexity of identities and heritages in multicultural societies. State motivations for classification vary widely, and have shifted over time, ranging from subjugation and exclusion to remediation and addressing inequalities. The chapters in this handbook illustrate how differing histories and contemporary realities have led states to count and classify mixedness in different ways, for different reasons.
This collection will serve as a key reference point on the international classification of mixed race and ethnicity for students and scholars across sociology, ethnic and racial studies, and public policy, as well as policy makers and practitioners.
- racial classification
- population studies
- measuring mixedness
- racial categorisation
Editors and Affiliations
Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Zarine L. Rocha
Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Peter J. Aspinall
About the editors
Zarine L. Rocha is Managing Editor of Current Sociology and the Asian Journal of Social Science. She specializes in issues of mixed race/mixed ethnic identity, narratives of belonging, multiculturalism, diversity and social conflict in Asia and the Pacific, and has published a number of books and articles on mixedness around the world.
Peter J. Aspinall is Emeritus Reader at the University of Kent, UK. His publications include around 80 papers on race and ethnicity and several jointly-authored books, including Mixed Race Identities (2013) and Mixed Race Britain in the Twentieth Century (2018). He was ONS National Convenor for the ethnicity question in the ONS 2001 Census Development Programme.
Book Title: The Palgrave International Handbook of Mixed Racial and Ethnic Classification
Editors: Zarine L. Rocha, Peter J. Aspinall
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-22873-6Published: 30 January 2020
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-22876-7Published: 26 August 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-22874-3Published: 03 January 2020
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXXVII, 817
Number of Illustrations: 16 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
Topics: Population and Demography, Race and Ethnicity Studies