May Anthropology News In Focus commentaries on the census are now posted on our Current Featured News page, free to the public throughout the month. This month’s In Focus articles are by Laurie Schwede; Laura R Graham and Ana Celia Zentella; Jennifer Leeman; Jack Garrett; Catherine Bliss; John Ziker, Per Axelsson, Peter Sköld and David G Anderson; Isar P Godreau, Hilda Lloréns and Carlos Vargas-Ramos; Kristin Skrabut; and Joshua Craze. Full issue content is available via AnthroSource, including additional thematic articles from other sections by contributors David G Anderson and Edward González-Tennant.
Censuses are powerful mechanisms that both reflect and construct social taxonomies in profound ways, impacting nations’ perceptions of themselves, legislation, the distribution of government funds, and the provision of public services. In this US Census year we have asked AN readers to critically consider this tool: how it is (re)constructed over time, its uses and limitations, its intended and unintended effects. The following commentaries examine censuses and related issues in the US, Puerto Rico, Peru, Scandinavia, the Siberian Arctic and Sudan. Read this month’s commentaries to learn more!