Census and Consensus?: A Historical Examination of the US Census Racial Terminology. Used for American Residents of African Ancestry

Census and Consensus?: A Historical Examination of the US Census Racial Terminology. Used for American Residents of African Ancestry

by Iman Makeba Laversuch

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Overview

Colored, Black, Negro, Mulatto, Quadroon, Octoroon, African American. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the language policies governing the selection and application of the racial classifiers used by the United States Census for American residents of African ancestry over the past 200 years. The historical linguistic investigation is supplemented by a corpus of letters sent by the American public concerning not only the government’s controversial policies of racial designation, but also its methods of racial classification. Detailed demographic information about the evolving multicultural diversity of the US society is provided, along with a critical political discussion of the ways in which these sociological developments may effect the ways Americans define themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631534557
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 03/22/2005
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Iman Makeba Laversuch holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical and Social Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in German Literature and Linguistics, a Master of Arts in German Linguistics, and a doctorate in English Linguistics. She is a university lecturer for Sociolinguistics in Germany, and is currently writing her second book on Bilingualism, Biculturalism, and Identity.

Table of Contents

Contents: An Interdisciplinary Survey of Past Research on Racial Labeling – «Miscegenation»: The Historical Confound to the US Census System of Racial Classification for US Residents of African Ancestry – Strategies for Determining the Racial Classification of American Residents with African Ancestry – The Historical Inventory of Racial Ethnonyms – A Diachronic Analysis of the Individual Racial Ethnonyms from 1790 to 2000 – A Diachronic Analysis of the System of Racial Labels – Identity Politics, Language Planning, and the US Census: The Costs and Benefits of Change.

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