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Categories and ContextsAnthropological and Historical Studies in Critical Demography$
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Simon Szreter, Hania Sholkamy, and A. Dharmalingam

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270576

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199270570.001.0001

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The Linguistic Construction of Social and Medical Categories in the Work of the English General Register Office, 1837–1950

The Linguistic Construction of Social and Medical Categories in the Work of the English General Register Office, 1837–1950

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(p.86) 5 The Linguistic Construction of Social and Medical Categories in the Work of the English General Register Office, 1837–1950
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Edward Higgs

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199270570.003.0005

Examines the classification systems and nosologies that were developed by the General Register Office in London in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in terms of modern linguistic analysis. The Office was responsible for administering civil registration and the censuses in England and Wales, and used the data collected by these processes to create demographic, medical, and occupational statistics. Such statistics have meaning within the terms of the particular linguistic conventions employed.

Keywords:   censuses, civil registration, classification systems, demographic statistics, General Register Office, linguistic analysis, medical statistics, nosologies, occupational statistics

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