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Re-categorising ethnicity


The proliferation of ethnicity codes arises because of the 'Black-Other' and 'Any other ethnic group' options on the census form, for which respondents can enter their own definition of their ethnic category. These written descriptions, together with multiple ticking of boxes on the form, led to the derivation of a further 28 categories on top of the 7 main categories specified on the form. The ETHNIC9 codes above 70 represent these 'Other' categories.

We will need to decide what to do with these groups in terms of our study. For example, do we move 'Black-Other / Caribbean Island' into the Black-Caribbean group, or is it better to keep the Black-Other group together? Ultimately, this is a matter for the researcher to decide - there is no "right answer".

When deciding whether and how to re-categorise, consider the number of people in each of these groups. If a subgroup contains very few people, it may not be worth worrying about. The table below shows the number of people in the census, and in the LS, for each category of ETHNIC9. You can see that certain of the groups we discussed on the previous page are in fact very small and so recoding or excluding them would make little difference to most analyses.

 Ethnicity in 1991:  numbers of cases
ETHNIC9 category
Number in census
Number in LS
White
51,851,555 502,417
Black Caribbean
493,339
5,374
Black African
208,110
2,410
Indian
840,255
11,718
Pakistani
476,555
6,509
Bangladeshi
162,835
2,535
Chinese
156,938
1,795
Black - Other (total)
219,091
2,291
     Black - British
58,106
558
     Black - Caribbean Island
3,093
36
     Black - North African
6,471
60
     Black - Other African
927
11
     Black - East African Asian
1,271
15
     Black - Indian Subcontinent
4,005
47
     Black - Other Asian
24,854
319
     Black - Other
44,940
456
     Black - Black/White
24,687
257
     Black - Asian/White
69
< 10
     Black - Other Mixed
50,668
532
 Other - Other (total)
520,709
5,876
      British, Ethnic Group indicated
16,170
150
      British, no Ethnic Group indicated
13,971
134
      Caribbean Island
3,532
43
      North African
58,720
653
      Other African
3,325
43
      East African Asian
6,110
69
      Indian Subcontinent
41,333
454
      Other Asian
119,961
1,448
      Greek
17,982
250
      Turkish
18,876
274
      Other European
 22,148 265
      Other answers
41,725
454
      Black/White
29,882
316
      Asian/White
61,805
645
      Mixed White
3,776
43
      Other Mixed
61,393
635
 Total 55,628,187
549,097

 Note:  cell counts less than 10 have been suppressed.  Data from LS Update 10, App. A

Page last modified on 22 jul 13 13:14 by Rachel Stuchbury