Collective terminology to describe the minority ethnic population: the persistence of confusion and ambiguity in usage

Aspinall, P.J. (2002) Collective terminology to describe the minority ethnic population: the persistence of confusion and ambiguity in usage. Sociology, 36 (4). pp. 803-816. ISSN 0038-0385. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

A wide range of terminology is used, often interchangeably, to describe the minority ethnic group population as a whole and major segments of it.While some terms have been extended to give clarity, as in ‘Asian, Black and other minority ethnic’, much in this lexicon remains cumbersome or ambiguous in usage. Further, white minority groups such as the Irish frequently get omitted in the category shuffle, creating ‘injustices of recognition’. Imprecision in terminology can equally apply to ‘pan-ethnic’ terms like ‘Asian’ and ‘Black’, the specific terms having the potential to describe quite different populations in the absence of explanation about the concept being measured and method of assignment. The use of terminology that is precisely defined and acceptable to those being described is advocated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Asian • Black • collective terminology • minority ethnic • pan ethnic • 2001 Census
Subjects: H Social Sciences
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: 14 Jan 2010 13:59
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/667 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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