A census is a powerful mechanism that both reflects and constructs social taxonomies in profound ways, impacting nations’ perceptions of themselves, the distribution of government funds, the provision of public services, and even legislation. In this US Census year we ask our readers to critically consider this tool: how it is (re)constructed over time, its uses and limitations, its intended and unintended effects.
How have past and present censuses measured race and ethnicity, linguistic diversity, family relationships and residency? How are identities and relationships differentially constructed, recognized, legitimized or made invisible through these metrics? What populations remain uncounted or undercounted, why, and how can this be addressed? In what ways do census measures inform policy and public discourse in areas such as immigration and education? We invite submissions for a May 2010 Anthropology News issue on the census responding to these questions and more, and particularly welcome article proposals from anthropologists who have been involved in census work or regularly make use of or otherwise engage with census data.
To participate, email a 300-word abstract and 50–100-word biosketch to Anthropology News editor Dinah Winnick at email@example.com. Proposals may be for In Focus commentaries, Teaching Strategies, Field Notes articles, photo essays, news stories or interviews. Photo essay proposals should also include five high resolution photographs (tiff or jpg), each with a caption and credit. Selected authors will be asked to submit commentaries of 1000–1400 words or shorter pieces for other article types.
Proposal submission deadline: January 20, 2010
Early submissions are encouraged