Classifying racial and ethnic group data: The politics of negotiation and accommodation

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105872
Title:
Classifying racial and ethnic group data: The politics of negotiation and accommodation
Author:
Robbin, Alice
Citation:
Classifying racial and ethnic group data: The politics of negotiation and accommodation 2000, 27(2):129-156 Journal of Government Information
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Journal of Government Information
Issue Date:
2000
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105872
Submitted date:
2008-03-28
Abstract:
"Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity," formerly known as "Statistical Policy Directive 15," is a classification system that has formed the basis of the U.S. government's collection and presentation of data on race and ethnicity since 1977. During the mid-1990s, it underwent a public evaluation to determine whether the racial and ethnic group categories should be revised. This article examines the history of Statistical Policy Directive 15 from its origins through October 1997 and evaluates its consequences on political, economic, and social life. Among the many lessons that government information specialists can take away from the history of Statistical Policy Directive 15 is that classification systems are not neutral tools that objectively reflect and measure the empirical world. Classification systems cannot be isolated from the larger political setting. They are tightly linked to public policies, and, in the case of racial and ethnic group classification, they constitute highly contested social policy about which there is little public consensus.
Type:
Journal (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Sociology; Information Science; Government Information
Local subject classification:
federal statistics; decennial census; race and ethnicity; minority groups; multiracial identity

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dc.contributor.authorRobbin, Aliceen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-03-28T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:36:01Z-
dc.date.issued2000en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-03-28en_US
dc.identifier.citationClassifying racial and ethnic group data: The politics of negotiation and accommodation 2000, 27(2):129-156 Journal of Government Informationen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105872-
dc.description.abstract"Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity," formerly known as "Statistical Policy Directive 15," is a classification system that has formed the basis of the U.S. government's collection and presentation of data on race and ethnicity since 1977. During the mid-1990s, it underwent a public evaluation to determine whether the racial and ethnic group categories should be revised. This article examines the history of Statistical Policy Directive 15 from its origins through October 1997 and evaluates its consequences on political, economic, and social life. Among the many lessons that government information specialists can take away from the history of Statistical Policy Directive 15 is that classification systems are not neutral tools that objectively reflect and measure the empirical world. Classification systems cannot be isolated from the larger political setting. They are tightly linked to public policies, and, in the case of racial and ethnic group classification, they constitute highly contested social policy about which there is little public consensus.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.subjectSociologyen_US
dc.subjectInformation Scienceen_US
dc.subjectGovernment Informationen_US
dc.subject.otherfederal statisticsen_US
dc.subject.otherdecennial censusen_US
dc.subject.otherrace and ethnicityen_US
dc.subject.otherminority groupsen_US
dc.subject.othermultiracial identityen_US
dc.titleClassifying racial and ethnic group data: The politics of negotiation and accommodationen_US
dc.typeJournal (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Government Informationen_US
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