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DescriptionMain findings regarding ethnic identity and census classifications
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJune 23, 2005


Susie Macdonald, Vanessa Stone BMRB Social Research,
Rowena Arshad Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland ( CERES), University of Edinburgh,
Philomena de Lima UHI PolicyWeb, UHI Millennium Institute

ISBN 0 7559 4689 8

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About the authors
Executive Summary
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two The views of stakeholders
Chapter three The views of data users
Chapter four The views of data providers: perceptions of ethnicity
Chapter five The views of data providers: attitudes towards data collection
Chapter six The views of data providers: the strengths and weaknesses of different classifications
Chapter seven The views of data providers: the consultation process
Chapter eight Emerging themes
Appendix 1 - Stage 1 Participants
Appendix 2 - Stage 1 Topic Guide used with stakeholders
Appendix 3 - Stage 2 Topic Guide used with data users
Appendix 4 - Stage 3 Topic Guide used with data providers
Appendix 5 - Classifications considered during the stage 2 and 3 interviews
Appendix 6 - The Consultation Leaflet


We are grateful to Lesley Irving, Nicola Edge and their colleagues at the Scottish Executive. The authors extend thanks also to the Ethnicity Classifications Consultation Steering Group who provided valuable guidance and comments to the team.

A number of researchers worked alongside the authors on the interviewing for this project, namely Ruth Rajkumar, Chris Creegan and Pauline Padfield, and we are grateful for their creative input and time. Deepa Jethwa, Kwabena Mensa, Rachel Roberts and Zara Yates-Vanhorne, provided additional support during the data analysis stage.

We would like to thank the recruitment team: Wendy Phillips, Josephine King, Margaret Otway and Tina Sud, who co-ordinated the fieldwork for stages two and three of the project.

Finally, we would like to thank all the respondents who participated in the study, both for the time they gave and for the openness with which they expressed their views.

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

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