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Terminology and classifications for migrant, ethnic, and racial groups: the centrality of census and population registers 

Terminology and classifications for migrant, ethnic, and racial groups: the centrality of census and population registers
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Terminology and classifications for migrant, ethnic, and racial groups: the centrality of census and population registers
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Raj S. Bhopal

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10.1093/med/9780199667864.003.0002
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date: 08 March 2021

This chapter argues that efforts to create racial and ethnic classifications have led to numerous insights, particularly that the process is arbitrary, subjective, context-specific, purpose-driven, and imprecise. The process is atheoretical in that there is no coherent theoretical factor that underpins classifications. Topics discussed include the challenges of studying racial and ethnic differences without creating stigma or inequity; devising population groups using the concepts of race and ethnicity — historical and contemporary examples; analysing the facets of race and ethnicity that population groupings are based on; and the development of population groupings into comprehensive classifications of race and ethnicity, past and present.

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