ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From 50 Years Ago: Census, Global or National?

Editorial from Volume X, No's 45 and 46, November 8, 1958.

In preparation for the world-wide series of censuses to be taken around the year 1960, the United Nations has issued a final version of its proposals on content and procedures under the title: “Principles and Recommendations for National Population Censuses.” ...Although brief, in fact less than thirty pages, the document deals with basic problems of census planning and administration, specific topics on which data are to be collected, tabulations to be made of these data, and possible auxiliary uses of sampling methods...

In connection with India’s projected Census of 1961, special interest attaches to the discussions of size of locality (in which an important distinction is made between actual population clusters and administrative units such as the “revenue village”), types of household structure in terms of family relationships, and economic characteristics. It is particularly in respect of this last subject that severe criticisms have been voiced of the questions asked and tables constructed in the Census of 1951. Hopes have been expressed that the next Census may provide a wider range of significant economic information, and may present it in a form designed to facilitate its use for policy and planning purposes.

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