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ESRC: Changing and Claiming Ethnic Identities in the 1991 and 2001 censuses

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Lord Bhikhu Parekh
House of Lords
London SW1A 0PW


Dear Colleague,
Changing and Claiming Ethnic Identities in the 1991 and 2001 censuses House of Commons Seminar - Tuesday 1 May 2007 - 5pm to 7pm (Committee Room 2A) On behalf of Professor Robert Moore (Liverpool University) and Professor Mary Hickman (London Metropolitan University) Lord Parekh is happy to invite you to a seminar presenting the findings of the research project: Changing and Claiming Ethnic Identities in the 1991 and 2001 censuses, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC project number: RES-000-22-1435)

Using the Longitudinal Study of the census the research examined two issues:

  1. The social characteristics of those who changed their ethnic identity between the 1991 and 2001 censuses.

    Only about one percent of people who responded ‘White’ in the 1991 census did not choose one of the White categories of the 2001 census. But around 9 per cent of people who responded in one of the ‘Asian’ categories changed in 2001 and over 20 per cent of those in Black African or Black Caribbean opted for a different ethnic category in 2001.

  2. The social characteristics of those who did and did not claim Irish identity in the 2001 census

    There was an Irish category for the first time in 2001. On the basis of earlier research it was believed that the Irish were undercounted in the census partly because of a possible confusion between nationality and cultural background in the use of the words British and Irish.

The findings of the research will be of interest to people concerned with policy issues of ethnic and racial differentiation, identities in multicultural England and Wales and/or working with different ethnic groups in the public and voluntary sectors.

Please report to St Stephen’s Entrance with your invitation and allow 20-30 minutes for security.

If you require further information about the Seminar please email Madeleine
Kingston: iset@londonmet.ac.uk or telephone 020 7133 2927






 

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