Ethnicity Counts (Hardback)
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Ethnicity Counts (Hardback)

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Hardback 340 Pages / Published: 31/01/1997
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Official statistics about ethnicity in advanced societies are no better than those in less developed countries. An open industrial society is inherently fluid, and it is as hard to interpret social class and ethnic groups there as in a nearly static community. In consequence, the collection and interpretation of ethnic statistics is frequently a battleground where the groups being counted contest each element of every enumeration.

William Petersen describes how ethnic identity is determined and how ethnic or racial units are counted by official statistical agencies in the United States and elsewhere. The chapters in this book cover such topics as: "Identification of Americans of European Descent," "Differentiation among Blacks," "Ethnic Relations in the Netherlands," "Two Case Studies: Japan and Switzerland," and "Who is a Jew?"

Petersen argues that the general public is overly impressed by assertions about ethnicity, particularly if they are supported by numbers and graphs. The flood of American writings about race and ethnicity gives no sign of abatement. Ethnicity Counts offers an indispensible background to meaningful interpretation of statistics on ethnicity, and will be important to sociologists, historians, policymakers, and government officials.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781560002963
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"William Petersen has been for many years now our sharpest analyst of how the US Census handles or mishandles the problems of counting by race, ethnicity, ancestry, and the like. These issues become more and more important as counts of racial and ethnic groups are used to make policy, assert demands, generalize on the impact of immigration on American society. This book is invaluable as a resource on how we have handled these issues for now two centuries, and for insights into how we might handle them better."

--Nathan Glazer, professor of education and sociology, Harvard University


"The kinds of classifications by ethnicity and race undertaken by statistical and census authorities are both important and impossible to get right... Ethnicity Counts provides a sobering reality test for data on ethnicity that have increasingly become central to controversial public policies relating to apportionment, voting, employment, and admission to universities." --Michael S. Teitelbaum, Population and Development Review "Ethnicity Counts is an account of the imperfect mechanisms used to "count" ethnicity, while stressing the continuing importance of ethnicity (that is, ethnicity still "counts") despite the inherent flaws in tabulating a moving target... Petersen's book is an interesting read on an extremely important topic." --Grace Kao, International Migration Review "William Petersen has been for many years now our sharpest analyst of how the US Census handles or mishandles the problems of counting by race, ethnicity, ancestry, and the like. These issues become more and more important as counts of racial and ethnic groups are used to make policy, assert demands, generalize on the impact of immigration on American society. This book is invaluable as a resource on how we have handled these issues for now two centuries, and for insights into how we might handle them better." --Nathan Glazer, professor of education and sociology, Harvard University
-The kinds of classifications by ethnicity and race undertaken by statistical and census authorities are both important and impossible to get right... Ethnicity Counts provides a sobering reality test for data on ethnicity that have increasingly become central to controversial public policies relating to apportionment, voting, employment, and admission to universities.- --Michael S. Teitelbaum, Population and Development Review -Ethnicity Counts is an account of the imperfect mechanisms used to -count- ethnicity, while stressing the continuing importance of ethnicity (that is, ethnicity still -counts-) despite the inherent flaws in tabulating a moving target... Petersen's book is an interesting read on an extremely important topic.- --Grace Kao, International Migration Review -William Petersen has been for many years now our sharpest analyst of how the US Census handles or mishandles the problems of counting by race, ethnicity, ancestry, and the like. These issues become more and more important as counts of racial and ethnic groups are used to make policy, assert demands, generalize on the impact of immigration on American society. This book is invaluable as a resource on how we have handled these issues for now two centuries, and for insights into how we might handle them better.- --Nathan Glazer, professor of education and sociology, Harvard University

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