The Mutual Construction of Statistics and Society

This volume addresses the ways in which statistics and numbers are gathered and applied in social science research. The contributors argue that we must become more aware of the power and the limitations of statistics.


Author: Ann Rudinow Saetnan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136935510

Category: Social Science

Page: 314

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Statistics are often seen as simple, straightforward, and objective descriptions of society. However, what we choose to count, what we choose not to count, who does the counting, and the categories and values we choose to apply when counting, matter. This volume addresses the ways in which statistics and numbers are gathered and applied in social science research. The contributors argue that we must become more aware of the power and the limitations of statistics. Learning statistics needs to be about more than simply mastering the techniques of using the tool; it needs to also be about learning the dangers of that tool and learning to control it within social and ethical bounds. These dangers lie in the routines through which statistics are applied; the discourses from which they emerge and into which they are deployed; the power relations created by those discourses; and the assumptions, meanings, and categories statistics carry with them in those discourses. This volume will be necessary reading for students and scholars using quantitative data within the social sciences.

Policy Design in the European Union

The Creation of a European Socio-Economic Classification: Limits of Expert-Driven Statistical Integration. ... Introduction: By the Very Act of Counting – The Mutual Construction of Statistics and Society. In The Mutual Construction of ...


Author: Risto Heiskala

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319648491

Category: Social Science

Page: 357

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This edited collection addresses a paradox at the heart of the European Union: if it is a constantly enlarging empire of governance, how can almost thirty member states design policies as an administrative whole, whilst narrowly approaching all political issues from one economic point of view? The contributors to this collection approach this by studying knowledge production, policy formation and policy implementation in the union. The topics covered include the history of the union, its nature as an empire in the making compared to historical successors as well as current USA and China, formation of union level statistical data and policy documents, paradoxes of fiscal governance, social innovation policy, youth and education policy, energy policy and foreign policy with particular regard to Russia. The concluding chapter outlines five alternative future scenarios for the union extending from collapse and marginalization to the emergence of a federal empire. The book is essential reading for anybody interested in the EU, including students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, political science, international relations, economics, management studies, public and social policy, science and technology studies, and environmental policy.

Official Statistics 4 0

It is necessary to ask with what expectations one can and should approach statistics and the results produced by them. ... matter”.4 This part will concretise the co-construction of statistics and society for selected historical ...


Author: Walter J. Radermacher

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030314927

Category: Mathematics

Page: 158

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This book explores official statistics and their social function in modern societies. Digitisation and globalisation are creating completely new opportunities and risks, a context in which facts (can) play an enormously important part if they are produced with a quality that makes them credible and purpose-specific. In order for this to actually happen, official statistics must continue to actively pursue the modernisation of their working methods. This book is not about the technical and methodological challenges associated with digitisation and globalisation; rather, it focuses on statistical sociology, which scientifically deals with the peculiarities and pitfalls of governing-by-numbers, and assigns statistics a suitable position in the future informational ecosystem. Further, the book provides a comprehensive overview of modern issues in official statistics, embodied in a historical and conceptual framework that endows it with different and innovative perspectives. Central to this work is the quality of statistical information provided by official statistics. The implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the form of indicators is another driving force in the search for answers, and is addressed here. This book will be of interest to a broad readership. The topics of sociology, epistemology, statistical history and the management of production processes, which are important for official statistics and their role in social decision-making processes, are generally not dealt with in statistics books. The book is primary intended for official statisticians, but researchers and advanced students in statistics, economics, sociology and the political sciences will find the book equally stimulating. Last but not least, it offers a valuable source of reflection for policymakers and stakeholders.

Research Handbook on Global Administrative Law

Pistor K, 'Re-Construction of Private Indicators for Public Purposes', in Davis KE, Fisher A, Kingsbury B and Engle Merry S (eds), ... By the Very Act of Counting: The Mutual Construction of Statistics and Society', in Rudinow Sætnan A, ...


Author: Sabino Cassese

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9781783478460

Category: Law

Page: 608

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This Handbook explores the main themes and topics of the emerging field of Global Administrative Law with contributions by leading scholars and experts from universities and organizations around the world. The variety of the subjects addressed and the internationality of the Handbook’s perspectives make for a truly global and multi-dimensional view of the field. The book first examines the growth of global administrations, their interactions within global networks, the emergence of a global administrative process, and the development of the rule of law and democratic principles at a global level. It goes on to illustrate the relationship between global law and other legal orders, with particular attention to regional systems and national orders. The final section, devoted to the emergence of a global legal culture, brings the book full circle by identifying the growth of a global epistemic community. The Research Handbook on Global Administrative Law provides a contemporary overview of the nascent field in detailed yet accessible terms, making it a valuable book for university courses. Academics and scholars with an interest in international law, administrative law, public law, and comparative law will find value in this book, as well as legal professionals involved with international and supranational organizations and national civil servants dealing with supranational organizations.

Statistics and the Quest for Quality Journalism

World Economic Historical Statistics . Algora Publishing , USA . Saetnan , A. R. , Lomell , H. M. , & Hammer , S. ( 2010 ) . The Mutual Construction of Statistics and Society . Routledge , United Kingdom . Saini , A. ( 2019 ) .


Author: Alessandro Martinisi

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781785275340

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

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This book looks at how numbers and statistics have been used to underpin quality in news reporting. In doing so, the aim is to challenge some common assumptions about how journalists engage and use statistics in their quest for quality news. It seeks to improve our understanding about the usage of data and statistics as a primary means for the construction of social reality. This is a task, in our view, that is urgent in times of ‘post-truth’ politics and the rise of ‘fake news’. In this sense, the quest to produce ‘quality’ news, which seems to require incorporating statistics and engaging with data, as laudable and straightforward as it sounds, is instead far more problematic and complex than what is often accounted for.

For Good Measure Advancing Research on Well being Metrics Beyond GDP

(2012), “By the very act of counting – The mutual construction of statistics and society”, in The Mutual Construction of Statistics and Society, Routledge Chapman & Hall, London. Sachs R. (2014), “Emerging Risk Discussion Paper: Risk ...


Author: OECD

Publisher: OECD Publishing

ISBN: 9789264307278


Page: 324

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The 2009 Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (“Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi” Commission) concluded that we should move away from over-reliance on GDP when assessing a country’s health, towards a broader dashboard of indicators...

Moral Issues in Intelligence led Policing

Latour, B. (1987) Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University ... S. (2011) 'Introduction: By the very act of counting: The mutual construction of statistics and society', ...


Author: Helene Oppen Gundhus

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351864503

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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The core baseline of Intelligence-led Policing is the aim of increasing efficiency and quality of police work, with a focus on crime analysis and intelligence methods as tools for informed and objective decisions both when conducting targeted, specialized operations and when setting strategic priorities. This book critically addresses the proliferation of intelligence logics within policing from a wide array of scholarly perspectives. It considers questions such as: How are precautionary logics becoming increasingly central in the dominant policing strategies? What kind of challenges will this move entail? What does the criminalization of preparatory acts mean for previous distinctions between crime prevention and crime detection? What are the predominant rationales behind the proactive use of covert cohesive measures in order to prevent attacks on national security? How are new technological measures, increased private partnerships and international cooperation challenging the core nature of police services as the main providers of public safety and security? This book offers new insights by exploring dilemmas, legal issues and questions raised by the use of new policing methods and the blurred and confrontational lines that can be observed between prevention, intelligence and investigation in police work.

Reimagining Globalization and Education

The production, availability, and use of national large-scale assessment data. In J. Kauko, R. Rinne, & T. Takala (Eds.), ... Introduction: By the very act of counting: The mutual construction of statistics and society.


Author: Fazal Rizvi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000587487

Category: Education

Page: 248

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This book brings together leading scholars in Global Studies in Education to reflect on how various developments of historic significance have unsettled the neoliberal imaginary of globalization. The developments include greater recognition of inequalities and the changing nature of work and communication; the emergence of new technologies of governance; a greater awareness of geopolitical shifts; the revival of nationalism, populism and anti-globalization sentiments; and the recognition of risks surrounding pandemics and climate change. Drawing from a range of disciplinary perspectives, the chapters in this collection examine how these developments demand new ways of thinking about globalization and its implications for education policy and practice — beyond the neoliberal imaginary. Over the past decade, several major developments have unsettled the neoliberal imaginary of globalization. These developments include: the greater recognition of inequalities within and across nations; innovations in mobile technologies and shifts in communicative cultures; growing awareness of environmental issues and climate change; the rise of Asia and the changing geopolitics of the world; recognition of the risks surrounding pandemics; ‘datafication’ and the consolidation of audit cultures and new modes of governance, developments in artificial intelligence and biotechnology; and the revival of nationalism, populism and anti-globalization sentiments. The aim of this book is to bring together a collection of original essays written by some of the leading scholars in Global Studies in Education to reflect on the ways in which these developments have challenged the cultural and political authority of the neoliberal imaginary of globalization, creating conditions in which globalization needs to be reimagined, as well as its implications for thinking about educational policy and practice. The significance of this book lies in the robust conversations it is expected to stimulate about the ways in which globalization and education might now be reimagined in the light of the growing recognition of the contradictions of neoliberalism, as well as a range of historical transformations that have taken place over the past decade.

The Palgrave Handbook of the Anthropology of Technology

The governmental topologies of database devices. Theory, Culture & Society 29(4–5), 116–136. Sætnan, A. R., Lommel, H. M., & Hammer, S. (2011). Introduction. By the very act of counting—The mutual construction of statistics and society.


Author: Maja Hojer Bruun

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811670848

Category: Social Science

Page: 808

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This Handbook offers an overview of the thriving and diverse field of anthropological studies of technology. It features 39 original chapters, each reviewing the state of the art of current research and enlivening the field of study through ethnographic analysis of human-technology interfaces, forms of social organisation, technological practices and/or systems of belief and meaning in different parts of the world. The Handbook is organised around some of the most important characteristics of anthropological studies of technology today: the diverse knowledge practices that technologies involve and on which they depend; the communities, collectives, and categories that emerge around technologies; anthropology’s contribution to proliferating debates on ethics, values, and morality in relation to technology; and infrastructures that highlight how all technologies are embedded in broader political economies and socio-historical processes that shape and often reinforce inequality and discrimination while also generating diversity. All chapters share a commitment to human experiences, embodiments, practices, and materialities in the daily lives of those people and institutions involved in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and/or use of particular technologies.

The Politics and Policies of Big Data

Available at: ... Intel's IT Manager Survey on how organizations are using Big Data. ... The Mutual Construction of Statistics and Society.


Author: Ann Rudinow Sætnan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351866545

Category: Social Science

Page: 358

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Big Data, gathered together and re-analysed, can be used to form endless variations of our persons - so-called ‘data doubles’. Whilst never a precise portrayal of who we are, they unarguably contain glimpses of details about us that, when deployed into various routines (such as management, policing and advertising) can affect us in many ways. How are we to deal with Big Data? When is it beneficial to us? When is it harmful? How might we regulate it? Offering careful and critical analyses, this timely volume aims to broaden well-informed, unprejudiced discourse, focusing on: the tenets of Big Data, the politics of governance and regulation; and Big Data practices, performance and resistance. An interdisciplinary volume, The Politics of Big Data will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral and senior researchers interested in fields such as Technology, Politics and Surveillance.