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A cuckoo in the nest? The origins of civil registration and state medical statistics in England and Wales

Higgs, E (1996) 'A cuckoo in the nest? The origins of civil registration and state medical statistics in England and Wales.' Continuity and Change, 11 (1). 115 - 134. ISSN 0268-4160

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Abstract

The history of the establishment of civil registration and of the General Register Office in England and Wales under the 1836 Registration Act has tended to be written in terms of religion and medical science. This article argues, how ever, that it is more helpful to see these developments primarily in terms of the registering of property rights, and that early-nineteenth-century debates with respect to welfare provision for the poor also played a crucial role. This explains some important features of the demographic and medical data published in the Annual Reports of the Registrar General.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2011 14:26
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2017 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1365

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