Indigenous peoples and demography : the complex relation between identity and statistics / edited by Per Axelsson and Peter Sköld.

New York : Berghahn Books, 2011.
1 online resource (x, 341 pages) : illustrations, map


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When researchers want to study indigenous populations they are dependent upon the highly variable way in which states or territories enumerate, categorize, and differentiate indigenous people. In this volume, anthropologists, historians, demographers, and sociologists have come together for the first time to examine the historical and contemporary construct of indigenous people in a number of fascinating geographical contexts around the world, including Canada, the United States, Colombia, Russia, Scandinavia, the Balkans, and the United Kingdom. Using historical and demographical evidence, the contributors explore the creation and validity of categories for enumerating indigenous populations; the use and misuse of ethnic markers, micro-demographic investigations, and demographic databases; and thereby show how the situation varies substantially between countries.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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  • Indigenous Peoples and Demography; Contents; List of Maps and Figures; List of Tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1: Fractional Identities: The Political Arithmetic of Aboriginal Victorians; 2: Building Ethnic Boundaries in New Zealand: Representations of Maori Identity in the Census; 3: Counting Indians: Census Categories in Late Colonial and Early Republican Spanish America; 4: The Construction of Life Tables for the American Indian Population at the Turn of the Twentieth Century; 5: The Aboriginal Population and the 1891 Census of Canada.
  • 6: 'In the National Registry, All People Are Equal': Sami in Swedish Statistical Sources7: The Registers of the 'Sami Tax' from 1600 to 1750, and Their Usefulness for Reconstructing Population Development and Settlement in Northern Nordland, Norway; 8: Viewing Ethnicity from the Perspective of Individuals and Households: Finnmark during the Late Nineteenth Century; 9: Finn in Flux: 'Finn' as a Category in Norwegian Population Censuses of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries; 10: Testing and Constructing Ethnicity Variables in Late Nineteenth-Century Censuses.
  • 11: Out of the Backwater? Prospects for Contemporary Sami Demography in Norway12: The Mystery of the Magnate Reindeer Herders: Household Structure and Economy among Lake Essei Iakuts, 1926/7; 13: Microdemographics and Indigenous Identity in the Central Taimyr Lowlands; 14: Russian Legal Concepts and the Demography of Indigenous Peoples; 15: Indigenous Populations, Ethnicity and Demography in the Eastern Baltic Littoral in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries; 16: Who Are the British?; Epilogue: From Indigenous Demographics to an Indigenous Demography; Notes on Contributors; Index.
  • 9780857450036 ((electronic bk.))
  • 0857450034 ((electronic bk.))
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