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301.2 Social geography, ethnography
301.45 Race, ethnicity and multiculturalism
320.1 Political Science -The State
325 International migration and colonization
325.3 Colonialism and postcolonialism
326 Slavery and emancipation
341.37 Human rights
347.133 Racial discrimination
The Library uses the Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal classification schemes to catalogue and classify its stock and we are bound by the rules and subject headings outlined in these. However, we acknowledge that some of the terminology used in these schemes may not always accurately reflect current cultural references.
Just as this field of research is evolving, library classification schemes are beginning to as well, though there is more work to be done. If you would like to know more about this topic, you might find the following articles of interest:
Adler, Melissa and Lindsey M. Harper. (2018) 'Race and Ethnicity in Classification Systems: Teaching Knowledge Organization from a Social Justice Perspective." Library Trends, vol. 67 no. 1, 2018, p. 52-73. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/lib.2018.0025
Higgins, M. (2016) 'Totally Invisible: Asian American Representation in the Dewey Decimal Classification, 1876–1996', Knowledge Organization 43 (8): 609–21.
Idrees, H. (2012) 'Organization of Islamic Knowledge in Libraries: The Role of Classification Systems' Library Philosophy and Practice, 798, http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/798