The Gender of Sources: Identify, Categorize and Count

Seminar Statistical Proofs and Demonstrations in the Social Sciences

Tuesday 17th November – 5-7 pm

Anton Perdoncin (EHESS, Cens) – The Gender of Sources: Identify, Categorize and Count Gender in an Historical Source



Using the example of Lubartow’s 1932 population register entered into a database, we will look at various ways of finding traces of the gender of individuals in an administrative source where sex is not recorded. It will discuss how to statistically process these traces in order to develop a gender coding of individuals that is sensitive to the blurred, impossible categorizations, and limitations of the usual bi-categorization of gender in quantitative data. Finally, we will see how such coding can be used to statistically describe the census population.

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