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11 - The Sociology of Official Information Gathering

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The government collects a barrage of information through censuses, registration, licenses, permits, and geographical information, so official information is a ubiquitous part of contemporary life. The sociology of official statistics analyzes this activity (Starr 1987: 7). The overall thrust of this work shows that official information gathering is socially constructed, that is, it is influenced by social and historical conditions, and it influences the reality that it supposedly describes.

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