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Developing ethnic identity questions for understanding society

Nandi, Alita and Platt, Lucinda (2012) Developing ethnic identity questions for understanding society. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 3 (1). pp. 80-100. ISSN 1757-9597

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Abstract

Ethnic identity, its formation, expression and consequences are sources of extensive discussion and debate within multicultural societies. Analysis of identity is increasingly finding its way into survey based analysis and is being explored by disciplines beyond psychology, and qualitative and theoretical sociology. However, effective and appropriate survey measures of ethnic identity that are suitable for inclusion in a general purpose sample survey and which allow estimation of change and development across the age range are in short supply. Here, we describe the process of development of a series of new ethnic identity questions, designed specifically for inclusion in "Understanding Society" but with applicability for longitudinal studies further afield. We detail the rationale for the development and the process by which the final set of questions was arrived at, and outline the implications for future research agendas.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.llcsjournal.org/index.php/llcs
Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I0 - General > I00 - General
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2014 12:10
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/55450/

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