Race and the Census: Effect on the Social Context of Cultural and Social Identity

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The focus of this research study is to explore the construct of race in the census survey and the effect that it has on the social context of both cultural and social identity. These changes are based on the evolving landscape of the population as it pertains to the characteristics of its people. The Census was first administered in the 1790 and would take place every ten years . Its main purpose was to better respond to the needs of its citizens and how the government would represent the growing population. The Census provides the government with information ranging from household size to income; however, it is perhaps the statistics supplied by the Census on race that allow for the most interesting analysis . The identification of race …show more content…
This is based of demographic and social tabulations that help balance the funding based on population integration. Through residential racial integration, the continual influx of immigrants, and the emergence of a multiracial population, America has remained a “mosaic” of cultures – separate entities combining to create a great diversity. While indeed, some races have mixed through interracial marriages, cultural differences have be sustained and diversity in this country has actually increased .

The theory of race in the United States has been a constructed and reconstructed term in the context of social identity. Every day, on employment applications, housing applications, college admissions and other official documents, also once every 10 years on U.S. Census Bureau forms; Americans are asked to identify themselves as one of four racial categories , and to designate themselves as Hispanic or "non-Hispanic." The census has played a role in the determining how the American public views “race,” that it could be something that can be measured and documented. Peggy Pascoe in 1996 explored this topic by examining judicial cases that focus on descent and classifying race . The case surrounded the divorce Joe Kirby and Mayellen Kirby in Arizona . Testimony centered the racial identity and its perceived designation. Joe Kirby claim of being white superseded the testimony of his mother who she claimed to be Mexican. The United States legal
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