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How segregated are name origins? A new method of measuring ethnic residential segregation

MATEOS, P; WEBBER, R; LONGLEY, P; (2006) How segregated are name origins? A new method of measuring ethnic residential segregation. In: Priestnall, G and Aplin, P, (eds.) Proceedings of the 14th GIScience Research UK Annual Conference (GISRUK 2006). (pp. 285 - 291). University of Nottingham: Nottingham, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper presents a new methodology of measuring ethnic segregation in cities at fine temporal and spatial resolutions. It uses data collected and made available, subject to safeguards, at the level of the individual and develops a large number of independently assigned ethnic categories based on the probable ethnic origins of names. Our basic hypothesis is that the ethnic classification of family names and first names provides a new and more reliable means of measuring residential segregation. It is argued that this methodology offers improved monitoring of residential segregation processes at the neighbourhood scale (based upon unit postcodes of an average of 30 people), develops a more detailed and meaningful classification of people’s origins categories (over 150 categories based on name origins), offers improved updating (annually through electoral or patient registers), and better accommodates changing perceptions of self-identity (through independent assignment of ethnicity according to name).

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: How segregated are name origins? A new method of measuring ethnic residential segregation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/geography/GISRUK/
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1304440
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