Census and Identity: The Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Language in National Censuses - New Perspectives on Anthropological and Social Demography No.1 (Paperback)

by David I. Kertzer, Dominique Arel, David I. Kertzer, Dennis P. Hogan, Jack Caldwell, Andrew Cherlin, Tom Fricke, Frances Goldscheider, Susan Greenhalgh, Richard Smith

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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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