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Christopher D. Lloyd, Ian G. Shuttleworth, and David W. Wong

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301356

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301356.001.0001

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The international comparability of ethnicity and collective identity:

The international comparability of ethnicity and collective identity:

implications for segregation studies

Eight (p.163) The international comparability of ethnicity and collective identity
Social-spatial segregation

Pablo Mateos

Policy Press

The study of residential segregation has gained prominence in the social sciences over the last decade across the developed world. However, there is a lack of international comparative work that assesses the level of segregation between cities and ethnic groups across countries. This chapter addresses methodological issues in the comparison of definitions and measurements of ethnicity and race in the study of segregation. It primarily focuses on US to UK comparisons, using group definitions from the 2000 and 2010 census round, but it also draws on other continental European examples to demonstrate the far reaching and often overlooked implications of this issue. It reveals that national identity classifications strongly shape the way we conceive race, ethnicity and migrant difference statistics and thus prevents meaningful international comparisons in the study of segregation levels between cities and ethnic groups. However, some common lineages between categories can be made. The chapter concludes with recommendations for some analytical options that will allow the comparison of some ethnic groups when the 2010 Census data become available at the time of the book publication.

Keywords:   classifications, ethnicity, race, identity

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