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

Edward Higgs

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Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270576
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600883 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270570.003.0005

Series: International Studies in Demography

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

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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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Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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