Non-white: a candidate for the lexical room 101

Aspinall, Peter J. (2008) Non-white: a candidate for the lexical room 101. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 62 (10). p. 875. ISSN 0143-005X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In the USA, the 1977 and 1997 Race and Ethnic Standards for Administrative Reporting deemed the term “non-white” unacceptable for use in the presentation of federal government data.1 Yet, in the UK, the term continues to enjoy widespread saliency in the reports of government and its agencies (such as the Office for National Statistics (ONS)), and in scholarly writing (over 170 instances in the BMJ during the years 1994–2007). While it provides a convenient shorthand for describing those in ethnic groups who are not categorised as “white”, the changing ethnic diversity of the country and a more robust race relations governance—including the introduction of positive duties—make the use of “non-white” seem somewhat anachronistic.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Editorial Material
Uncontrolled keywords: race, ethnicity, ethics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 14 May 2010 11:16
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 07:58
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