On the Local Construction of Statistical Knowledge: Making Up the 1861 Census of the Canadas

  1. Yoke-Sum Wong and
  2. Derek Sayer
  1. Bruce Curtis

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444309720.ch11

Twenty Years of the Challenging the Field, Volume 2

Twenty Years of the Challenging the Field, Volume 2

How to Cite

Curtis, B. (2008) On the Local Construction of Statistical Knowledge: Making Up the 1861 Census of the Canadas, in Twenty Years of the Challenging the Field, Volume 2 (eds Y.-S. Wong and D. Sayer), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444309720.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405179348

Online ISBN: 9781444309720

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Keywords:

  • census material – basic source of information for scholars;
  • census compilations – a chain of observations of selected aspects of social experience;
  • standard categories;
  • elementary facts;
  • census making – process of abstraction from the lives of its subjects;
  • critical social science – depends on systematic observation;
  • central government body;
  • board of registration and statistics (BRS);
  • “trades and occupations” columns – where compilers place a check mark beside the entries they count

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Constructivist Argument

  • Making the 1861 Census

  • Enumerators at Work

  • Commissioners' Corrections

  • Compilation

  • Conclusion