‘To define the indefinable’: population classification and the census in South Africa
Author: Christopher, A. J.
Source: Area, Volume 34, Number 4, December 2002 , pp. 401-408(8)
Abstract:The population of many countries, including South Africa, has been classified into discrete groups from colonial times until the present day, for purposes of census enumeration. A reading of the census results requires an understanding of the subtleties and shifts of the classification system, which were frequently related to a definition of legal and political rights, including place of residence. The national census has tended to reinforce the groups it was initially meant only to observe.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Publication date: December 1, 2002