The Gender of Sources

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Anton Perdoncin, « Le genre des sources. Identifier, catégoriser, quantifier », Histoire & Mesure, volume XXXVII, numéro 2, 2022, p. 151-182

How should one proceed when a survey involves the analysis of apparently gender-blind documents in which sex is neither assigned nor self-reported? This article examines approaches to sex categorization based on the study of traces of gender in a Polish population register of the 1930s. The precise and systematic identification and comparison of these traces raises not only the question of how to construct a convention of equivalence, but also highlights the interest of dissonances, hiatuses and marginal cases in sociological and historical analysis.‪