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ERIC Number: EJ823409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
The Politics of Naming Race and Ethnicity: Language Planning and Policies Regulating the Selection of Racial Ethnonyms Used by the US Census 1990-2010
Laversuch, I. M.
Current Issues in Language Planning, v8 n3 p365-382 Nov 2007
Since 1790, the US government has conducted a decennial census of the nation's population and its various ethno-racial subgroups. The official names for these subgroups have direct and significant consequences for the implementation and regulation of public policy at the national, state and local levels of governance. This paper first provides a general overview of the development of the language policies governing the selection, definition and standardisation of the US Census's modern system of racial and ethnic nomenclature. This is followed by an in-depth look at the recent review and revision of these language policies regarding specific terminology. (Contains 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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