Administrative policy as symbol system: Political conflict and the social construction of identity

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106283
Title:
Administrative policy as symbol system: Political conflict and the social construction of identity
Author:
Robbin, Alice
Citation:
Administrative policy as symbol system: Political conflict and the social construction of identity 2000-12, 32(4):398-431 Administration and Society
Publisher:
Sage Publications
Journal:
Administration and Society
Issue Date:
Dec-2000
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106283
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 governs the U.S. government's collection and presentation of data on race and ethnicity. The directive underwent a public evaluation between 1993 and 1997 to determine whether the racial and ethnic group categories should be revised. This article links theories of the role of the state in the social order and the social construction of identity to explain how conflictual political processes modify administrative policy. Two narratives on the debates over the reclassification of "Native Hawaiians" and the addition of a "multiracial" category illustrate recent political conflicts over group identities established by state agencies. The author argues that the main explanation for administrative policy changes was the responsiveness of state agencies to political demands of significantly mobilized groups with claims to state resources.
Type:
Journal (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Sociology; Information Science; Government Information
Local subject classification:
administrative policy; information policy; group identity

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dc.contributor.authorRobbin, Aliceen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-03-28T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:43:46Z-
dc.date.issued2000-12en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-03-28en_US
dc.identifier.citationAdministrative policy as symbol system: Political conflict and the social construction of identity 2000-12, 32(4):398-431 Administration and Societyen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106283-
dc.description.abstractStandards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity, formerly known as Statistical Policy Directive 15, is a classification system that governs the U.S. government's collection and presentation of data on race and ethnicity. The directive underwent a public evaluation between 1993 and 1997 to determine whether the racial and ethnic group categories should be revised. This article links theories of the role of the state in the social order and the social construction of identity to explain how conflictual political processes modify administrative policy. Two narratives on the debates over the reclassification of "Native Hawaiians" and the addition of a "multiracial" category illustrate recent political conflicts over group identities established by state agencies. The author argues that the main explanation for administrative policy changes was the responsiveness of state agencies to political demands of significantly mobilized groups with claims to state resources.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.subjectSociologyen_US
dc.subjectInformation Scienceen_US
dc.subjectGovernment Informationen_US
dc.subject.otheradministrative policyen_US
dc.subject.otherinformation policyen_US
dc.subject.othergroup identityen_US
dc.titleAdministrative policy as symbol system: Political conflict and the social construction of identityen_US
dc.typeJournal (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalAdministration and Societyen_US
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