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The Politics of Race: Census, Mestizaje and identity

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  • Ana Velasco Unzueta

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    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.

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

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    Length: 41 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:aru:wpaper:2012014

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

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