The Palgrave International Handbook of Mixed Racial and Ethnic Classification

  • Zarine L. Rocha
  • Peter J. Aspinall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Zarine L. Rocha, Peter J. Aspinall
    Pages 1-25
  3. The Americas

  4. Europe and the UK

  5. Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia and the Caucasus

  6. Asia and the Pacific

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 569-569
    2. Zarine L. Rocha, Peter J. Aspinall
      Pages 571-586
    3. Farida Fozdar, Catriona Stevens
      Pages 605-627
    4. Zarine L. Rocha, Brenda S. A. Yeoh
      Pages 629-647
    5. Megumi Hara, Jocelyn O. Celero
      Pages 693-709
    6. Patrick Broman, Polly Atatoa Carr, Byron Malaela Sotiata Seiuli
      Pages 711-726
    7. Cathryn H. Clayton
      Pages 741-755
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 797-817

About this book


This handbook provides a global study of the classification of mixed race and ethnicity at the state level, bringing together a diverse range of country case studies from around the world.

The classification of race and ethnicity by the state is a common way to organize and make sense of populations in many countries, from the national census and birth and death records, to identity cards and household surveys. As populations have grown, diversified, and become increasingly transnational and mobile, single and mutually exclusive categories struggle to adequately capture the complexity of identities and heritages in multicultural societies. State motivations for classification vary widely, and have shifted over time, ranging from subjugation and exclusion to remediation and addressing inequalities. The chapters in this handbook illustrate how differing histories and contemporary realities have led states to count and classify mixedness in different ways, for different reasons. 

This collection will serve as a key reference point on the international classification of mixed race and ethnicity for students and scholars across sociology, ethnic and racial studies, and public policy, as well as policy makers and practitioners. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Zarine L. Rocha
    • 1
  • Peter J. Aspinall
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Centre for Health Services StudiesUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-22873-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-22874-3
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