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The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
WHAT CENSUS DATA MISS ABOUT AMERICAN DIVERSITY

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May 2018 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Published in Association with American Academy of Political and Social Science

The United States Census Bureau’s main purpose is to provide as accurate a representation of the American people as possible—however, doing so is becoming increasingly difficult with an ever-changing society. Current Census Bureau statements regarding the ethno-racial diversity of the nation are faulty, because the data fail to adequately represent the growing diversity within major ethno-racial populations. The research presented in this volume of The ANNALS sheds light on the shortcomings of census data when it comes to identifying these subgroups, as well as the consequences that these omissions could have on political attitudes. 

This volume of The ANNALS addresses common misconceptions about American diversity that stem from issues surrounding race and ethnicity in census data—misconceptions such as the belief in the imminence of a majority-minority society, when in reality there are rising numbers of Americans being raised in mixed majority-minority families. When census-based population projections fail to acknowledge this, information and data presented to the public are misleading. 
 
Introduction
Kenneth Prewitt
The Census Race Classification: Is It Doing Its Job?
 
The Significance of Ethno-Racial Mixing
Richard Alba, Brenden Beck, and Duygu Basaran Sahin
The Rise of Mixed Parentage: A Sociological and Demographic Phenomenon to Be Reckoned With
Kay Deaux
Ethnic/Racial Identity: Fuzzy Categories and Shifting Positions
Wendy D. Roth
Establishing the Denominator: The Challenges of Measuring Multiracial, Hispanic, and Native American Populations
Ann Morning and Aliya Saperstein
The Generational Locus of Multiraciality and Its Implications for Racial Self-Identification
Jenifer L. Bratter
Multiracial Identification and Racial Gaps: A Work in Progress
Daniel T. Lichter and Zhenchao Qian
Boundary Blurring? Racial Identification among the Children of Interracial Couples
 
Change across the Generations after Immigration
Douglas S. Massey
Finding the Lost Generation: Identifying Second-Generation Immigrants in Federal Statistics
Van Tran
Social Mobility across Immigrant Generations: Recent Evidence and Future Data Requirements
Tomás Jiménez
Tracking a Changing America across the Generations after Immigration
Brian Duncan and Stephen J. Trejo
Identifying the Later-Generation Descendants of U.S. Immigrants: Issues Arising from Selective Ethnic Attrition
 
Diversities within Major Populations
Sonya R. Porter and C. Matthew Snipp
Conceptualizing and Measuring Hispanic Origin: Reflections on Hispanic Race Reporting
Edward Telles
Latinos, Race, and the U.S. Census
Randy Capps, James D. Bachmeier, and Jennifer Van Hook
Estimating the Characteristics of Unauthorized Immigrants using U.S. Census Data: Combined Sample Multiple Imputation
Carolyn A. Liebler
Counting America’s First Peoples
Jennifer Lee, Karthick Ramakrishnan, and Janelle Wong
Accurately Counting Asian Americans Is a Civil Rights Issue
 
Some Ramifications of Diversity
Maureen A. Craig, Julian M. Rucker, and Jennifer A. Richeson
Racial and Political Dynamics of an Approaching “Majority-Minority” United States
Dowell Myers and Morris Levy
Racial Population Projections and Reactions to Alternative News Accounts of Growing Diversity
Frank D. Bean
Growing U.S. Ethno-racial Diversity: A Positive or Negative Societal Dynamic?

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