Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

The Politics of Race: Census, Mestizaje and identity


Author Info

  • Ana Velasco Unzueta

    (Fundación ARU)

Registered author(s):


    The aim of this paper is to offer an alternative to the ethnic and/or racial identity question in the census that helps avoid social fragmentation and that, at the same time, may allow governments to fullfil their own objectives, their social and political commitments at an international, as well at a national level. This alternative is based on the conceptual differentiation between culture and identity and it states that public policy can be more adequate if it is directed to the cultural repertoires instead to the identity groups. Aditionally, it is suggested that the census does not only reflects reality, but it also creates it. This fact helps promoting a groupist vision of society, which means that phenomena such as racism, ethnicity, discrimination, etc. cannot be understood without taking for granted the existence of groups. Such an emphasis on groups breaks the society into impervious and fixed groups, and it has an important impact for social cohesion.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Paper provided by Fundación Aru in its series Working Papers with number 09/2012.

    as in new window
    Length: 41 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2012
    Date of revision:
    Handle: RePEc:aru:wpaper:2012014

    Contact details of provider:
    Web page:

    Related research

    Keywords: censo; mestizaje; identidad; cultura; raza; políticas públicas; census; mestizaje; identity; culture; race; public policy;

    Find related papers by JEL classification:

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.



    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


    Access and download statistics


    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:aru:wpaper:2012014. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Efrain Candia).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.