Operationalising the collection of ethnicity data in studies of the sociology of health and illness

Aspinall, Peter J. (2001) Operationalising the collection of ethnicity data in studies of the sociology of health and illness. Sociology of Health & Illness, 23 (6). pp. 829-862. ISSN 0141-9889. (Full text available)

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Abstract

In response to the burgeoning interest in ethnic health issues and related published research, a number of recent contributors have attempted to clarify or systematize the usage of overarching terminology like 'ethnicity', 'race', 'culture', and 'racism', including the development of guidelines. However, the operational problems of how to collect ethnicity data in studies of the sociology of health and illness have not been satisfactorily addressed. This paper explores conceptual issues, notably, the meanings of ethnic identity and ethnic origin/ancestry; methodological approaches, including which dimensions to collect, multidimensional versus global measures, and exclusive groups versus optional ethnicity; and also practical issues such as method of assignment. The approach calls for a stronger development of the theoretical understandings of ethnicity and work on how best ethnicity should be conceptualised and measured in the different approaches to explaining ethnic inequalities in health.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Pre-publication final version
Uncontrolled keywords: ethnicity, race, terminology, classifications, inequalities, censuses, surveys
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Samantha Osborne
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:24
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 07:59
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/666 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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