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Ethnographic Exploratory Research Report #I 6 Sociolinguistic Analysis of Mexican-American Patterns of Non-Response to Census Questionnaires

By Elias-Oiivares, Lucia

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Title: Ethnographic Exploratory Research Report #I 6 Sociolinguistic Analysis of Mexican-American Patterns of Non-Response to Census Questionnaires  
Author: Elias-Oiivares, Lucia
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Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Census., Census report
Collections: U.S. Census Bureau Collection
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Publisher: U.S. Census Bureau Department

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Elias-Oiivares, L. (n.d.). Ethnographic Exploratory Research Report #I 6 Sociolinguistic Analysis of Mexican-American Patterns of Non-Response to Census Questionnaires. Retrieved from http://www.netlibrary.net/


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Statistical Reference Document

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Executive Summary: The objective of this study was to explore the reasons for a potential undercount among Mexican-origin individuals due to a failure to answer or understand questions on U.S. Census forms. Sociolinguistic and ethnographic methodology were used to interview and observe 39 people, of which 29 were heads of household, while they responded to the census forms. The 39 respondents were from one selected city block in the Pilsen community area of Chicago (one of the two highest concentrations of Mexican-origin people in Chicago: the contiguous neighborhood of Little Village is the other highest concentration). The study focused on how residents completed the form (whether, for example-, they asked many questions or few), which questionnaire items seemed the most problematic, and any other information which either was volunteered by the residents or appeared relevant to census taking. Residents chose to respond to either the Spanish or the English forms: following Census Bureau procedure, 80% of the ...

Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND ................. 1 Description of Study .................. 1 Sociodemographic Information on Population and Neighborhood . 4 The Process of Block Selection ............. 6 Profile of Selected Participants ............ 10 Literacy Patterns ................... 13 ANALYSES OF PROBLEMS .................... 15 Field Work Problems .................. 15 Sociolinguistic Problems with Questionnaires ...... 18 Problems with English Forms ............ 18 Problems with Spanish Forms ............ 23 Problems with Format of Forms ............. 35 Answers to Questions about the Process of the Census . . 39 CONCLUSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 REFERENCES ......................... 46 APPENDIX .......................... 47

 

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