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How Societies and States Count

Rebecca Emigh (UCLA) will discuss how censuses are strongly affected by social actors in three ways. First, lay categories shape the format and content of census categories. Second, social actors reformulate these lay categories and pressure state actors to implement them in censuses. Third, the power dynamics among social and state actors shapes where and when state actors take up social actors demands for categories. These points are illustrated by censuses in the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom historically and by the current debate over the citizenship question in the US census.

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September 22, 2020


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

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