Confirming that the census is a crucial instrument in producing and maintaining ethnic and racial identities, the author’s ethnographic research on the micro-politics of census-taking in Crimea, Ukraine suggests that the dynamics between census takers and ethnic constituencies, as well as instructions from census officials with various ethnic loyalties, play a crucial role. Taking into account the tensions between the Crimean Tatar leadership and the Department of Statistics, G. Uehling shows that rather than constituting a ritual of reassurance, the first census of independent Ukraine has provided new terrain on which future disagreement could arise. The census has in particular revealed that citizens have taken a defensive stance towards a state they neither trust nor respect.

The Redaction
CER: II-6.2-493