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Towards a Soviet Order of Things: The 1926 Census and the Making of the Soviet Union

Francine Hirsch

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Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270576
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600883 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270570.003.0007

Series: International Studies in Demography

Towards a Soviet Order of Things: The 1926 Census and the Making of the Soviet Union

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Looks at the connections between census‐taking, border‐making, and identity‐formation in the Soviet Union. It focuses on the All‐Union Census of 1926, which was the first census to categorize the entire population of the USSR according to ‘nationality.’ It analyses the process through which ethnographers and statisticians used their expertise to formulate a census question about nationality and to create an official definitional grid. Also focuses on the activation of official nationality categories on the ground in Central Asia. In particular, it looks at how self‐identified Tajik and Uzbek leaders used the occasion of the census to mobilize their populations and vie for contested territories.

Keywords: border; census; Central Asia; ethnographers; identity; nationality; Soviet Union; statisticians; Tajik; Uzbek

Chapter.  11074 words. 

Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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