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Ethnic groupings in Benin [message #15882] Wed, 03 October 2018 21:24 Go to next message
acoritz is currently offline  acoritz
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Hello,

I am working on a project studying Benin and I would like to better understand how the ethnic categories of Benin (such as Fon, Yoruba, Adja, etc) were created. For example, what determines if someone is Fon or Adja when there are smaller ethnic groups (such as the Gun) who would have been classified into one of the pre-existing categories?

Basically, I am interested in how discrete these categories are.

Thank you!

Alli
Re: Ethnic groupings in Benin [message #15906 is a reply to message #15882] Fri, 05 October 2018 06:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bridgette-DHS is currently offline  Bridgette-DHS
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Following is a response from Senior DHS Specialist, Soumaila Mariko:

The existing ethnic categories in the data file (Benin) is based on the respondent self-declaration to the question Q114 "What is your ethnicity?" (Q114 in both women and men questionnaires). However, the response categories proposed in the questionnaires were based on results from previous surveys in the country and updated by the Benin nationals to reflect the situation in the country at the time of the survey.

For instance, in each response category in the questionnaire: question Q114, the nationals have chosen to include all other ethnic groups related to that category of ethnicity. According to that rule, "ADJA" includes, as stated in the questionnaire ("ADJA ET APPARENTÉS", [CODE=11]), all other ethnic groups related to ADJA ("ADJA AND RELATED", [CODE=11]) such as the "GUN", etc. This rule applies also to the rest of the ethnic categories in the questionnaire.
Re: Ethnic groupings in Benin [message #15915 is a reply to message #15906] Fri, 05 October 2018 14:49 Go to previous message
acoritz is currently offline  acoritz
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Thank you so much!
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