Sex and the Census: Why Surveys Should Not Conflate Sex and Gender Identity

International Journal of Research Methodology, Forthcoming

11 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2020

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Alice Sullivan

University College London - Department of Social Science

Date Written: March 06, 2020

Abstract

The UK census authorities have proposed guidance for the 2021 census indicating that the sex question may be answered according to subjective gender identity. This raises issues about the measurement of sex and gender identity which other data collection exercises are also contending with. This paper addresses the questions that have arisen regarding the census, before going on to explain how these questions have emerged more widely. Finally, I address the difficulties of discussing the collection of data on sex in a climate of policy capture and silencing.

Keywords: Census, data, sex, gender, gender identity, statistics

Suggested Citation

Sullivan, Alice, Sex and the Census: Why Surveys Should Not Conflate Sex and Gender Identity (March 06, 2020). International Journal of Research Methodology, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3557822

Alice Sullivan (Contact Author)

University College London - Department of Social Science ( email )

United Kingdom

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