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Interrogating the Colonial Census in India part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment is meant for an upper division course on colonial and post-colonial India. The assignment, divided into two parts, asks students to consider the decennial census as both a tool of modern (colonial) governance and a source of historical data. The assignment is meant to push students to consider both the ideology behind quantitative data collection as well as a resource that allows scholars to illuminate aspects of history that cannot necessarily be gleaned from more qualitative sources.