Constructing a queer population? Asking about sexual orientation in Scotland’s 2022 census

Guyan, K. (2022) Constructing a queer population? Asking about sexual orientation in Scotland’s 2022 census. Journal of Gender Studies, 31(6), pp. 782-792. (doi: 10.1080/09589236.2020.1866513)

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For the first time, Scotland’s 2022 census will ask a question about sexual orientation. Correspondence between National Records of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee and campaign groups present insights into decisions made, the uneasy relationship between queer identities and state data collection practices, and the question of who is counted when we count LGBTQ people. Building on Foucault’s critique of projects that construct population knowledge, the census is framed primarily as a tool to facilitate the state’s capacity to govern. My engagement in the design process enabled me to critically examine decisions made about the exclusion of non-binary identities and the use of predictive text technology. These decisions demonstrate how the design process constructed a queer population that ‘made sense’ to the heteronormative majority and ‘designed-out’ queer lives that the state did not wish to bring into being.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Census, sexual orientation, LGBTQ, queer, data collection.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Guyan, Dr Kevin
Authors: Guyan, K.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Gender Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1465-3869
Published Online:04 January 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Journal of Gender Studies 31(6):782-792
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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