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Sex and the Census: Why surveys should not conflate sex and gender identity

Sullivan, A; (2020) Sex and the Census: Why surveys should not conflate sex and gender identity. International Journal of Social Research Methodology , 23 (5) pp. 517-524. 10.1080/13645579.2020.1768346.

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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.

Type: Article
Title: Sex and the Census: Why surveys should not conflate sex and gender identity
DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2020.1768346
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2020.1768346
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: UK census, sex, gender identity, statistics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10093735
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