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Professor Monica Boyd
University of Toronto
Department of Sociology
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2J4
Canada

 

Tel: 416-946-5906
Fax: 416-978-3969
monica.boyd@utoronto.ca
 
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CURRENT RESEARCH
The Social Construction of Ethnicity
 

In 1987, I was invited to become chair of the Advisory Committee on Social Conditions at Statistics Canada. One of the first tasks undertaken by this external group of experts was to review the question on ethnic ancestry and make recommendations for the 1991 census. The work initiated my long-standing interest in how people define themselves as members of an “ethnos” – a collectivity that has a shared history and a sense of membership – and how the wording of questions can influence that definition. Between 2000 and 2004, I served on the Advisory Committee for the Ethnic Diversity Survey and I am now analyzing this survey with respect to how question wording affects ethnic responses.


Select Bibliography on Ethnicity

2008 Unstable Ethnicities: Impacts of Question Wording and Respondent
Characteristics (Monica Boyd and Naoko Shida). Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Population Society, Vancouver, June 4-6.
2008 The Transnational Dimensions of Ethnic Self-Identification (Monica Boyd and Jessica Yiu). Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association, Vancouver, June 3-5.
2007 At the Margins? Ethnic Diversity within Canada’s Muslim Population. (Monica Boyd and Phillipa Chong). Paper presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the Canadian Population Society, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 31-June 2.
2001 Who are the "Canadians"? Changing Census Responses, 1986-1996. (Monica Boyd and Doug Norris). Canadian Ethnic Studies. 33(1): 1-25 (lead article).
2000 Race in the Canadian Census (Monica Boyd, Gustave Goldman and Pamela White. Pp. 33-54 in Leo Driedger and Shiva Halli (eds) Visible Minorities in Canada. Montreal and Toronto: McGill, Queens and Carleton University Press.
1999 Canadian, eh? Ethnic Origin Shifts in the Canadian Census. Canadian Ethnic Studies. 31 (3): 1-19. Lead article.
1999 Constructing Ethnic Responses: Socioeconomic and Media Effects. Working Paper Series 99 - 96-133. Center for the Study of Population and Demography. Florida State University.
1999 Increasingly Canadian: Ethnic Origin Shifts in Canada’s Metropolitan Areas. (Monica Boyd and Doug Norris). Working Paper Series 99-143. Center for the Study of Population and Demography. Florida State University.
1997 Offspring-Parent Shifts in Ancestry: Ethnic Bedrock or Ethnic Quicksand? Working Paper Series 97-138. Center for the Study of Population and Demography. Florida State University.
1994 Measuring Ethnicity in the Future: Population, Policies, Politics and Social Science Research. Pp. 529-545 in Gustave Goldmann and Nampeo Mckenny (eds.) Challenges of Measuring an Ethnic World: Science, Politics and Reality. Ottawa and Washington, D.C.: Statistics Canada and the Untied States Bureau of the Census.
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