Making Sense of Surveys and Censuses: Issues in Religious Self-identification

Day, Abby and Lee, Lois (2014) Making Sense of Surveys and Censuses: Issues in Religious Self-identification. Religion, 44 (3). pp. 345-356. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2014.929833) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Censuses and surveys shape decisions, discourse and debates about people and their lived environments. The outcomes, in the case of a census, inform governments about resource distribution but also shape people's self-understanding about who they are and where they may be going. How people self-identify on censuses and surveys produces certain types of knowledge. This introduction emphasises the impact of those instruments on knowledge production and how numbers can be employed, often anecdotally, to further interests and claims. The way academics use and interpret such instruments has ethical and normative dimensions: numbers are not neutral but shape and are shaped by perceptions and identities. This introduction to a thematic issue of Religion introduces the contributing authors' diverse – historical, qualitative and quantitative – approaches that work together to produce their own kind of multi-disciplinary, academically located knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Key Words: census, survey, self-identification, ethics, knowledge
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Religious Studies
Depositing User: Lois Lee
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2017 10:28 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2017 16:34 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60430 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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