Sociocultural anthropology's encounters with large public data sets: The case of the Spanish Municipal Register

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Abstract

This article asks how socioculturally inspired questions can be illuminated by exploiting large demographic data sets. Focusing on people represented in the annually updated Spanish Municipal Register (the Padrón Municipal) who report themselves as citizens of countries outside Spain, it treats demographic numbers as texts that can speak to us as plainly as words about something as challenging as the dynamics of identity and belonging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalAnthropological Theory
Volume10
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Gambia
  • Spain
  • census
  • citizenship
  • demography
  • migration
  • numerical data
  • vital register

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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