Having collected all the Census Records for any household with an ‘Attridge’ in it, from the England and UK Census records, I need to standardise the way in which some items appear.
Specifically for this post, the occupations. The transcriptions are full of spelling mistakes and oddities.
And although I will be keeping the original comments, it would prove useful to be able to group together these people by a standard occupation.
At first I spent quite a bit of time manually adjusting a mapping table to standardise what I was finding. Then I thought to myself that someone else must have done this. Well, to cut a long story short, I find no mention of anyone doing this. Except for these guys – ISCO .
Fantastically they have listed a clever way of grouping jobs. I will now be able to go through the 1,287 distinct occupations and map them to the ISCO-08 index.
I suspect that there are some jobs listed in the census that just won’t exist in this ISCO-08. And just checking one that I had seen previously and had raised my eyebrow at, helps to elucidate the issue – Gimp Maker.
This is probably indicative of how North American culture has seeped into British consciousness.
From searching online for Dictionary gimp I get the following Online Collins Dictionary definition:
noun. US and Canadian offensive , slang. a physically disabled person, esp one who is lame. slang. a sexual fetishist who likes to be dominated and who dresses in a leather or rubber body suit with mask, zips, and chains.
The second definition is what came to my mind (I blame the film Pulp Fiction for this). But it turns out that the answer Google first supplies is probably more ‘correct’.