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The Mutual Construction of Statistics and Society


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Introduction: By the Very Act of Counting: The Mutual Construction of Statistics and Society Ann Rudinow Saetnan, Heidi Mork Lomell and Svein Hammer Section 1: Overarching Themes and Approaches 1. Numbers: Their Relation to Power and Organization Jon Hovland 2. Words and Numbers: For a Sociology of the Statistical Argument Alain Desrosieres 3. Sociology in the Making: Statistics as a Mediator Between the Social Sciences, Practice, and the State Christopher Kullenberg 4. Governing by Indicators and Outcomes: A Neo-Liberal Governmentality? Svein Hammer Section 2: Visibility, Invisibility and Transparency 5. Ethnicity: Differences and Measurements Ellen Balka and Kjetil Rodje 6. Seeing Like Citizens: Unofficial Understandings of Official Racial Categories in a Brazilian University Luisa Farah Schwartzman 7. Ideas in Action: 'Human Development' and 'Capability' as Intellectual Boundary Objects Asun Lera St. Clair Section 3: Accountability and Manageability 8. Labelling and Tracking the Criminal in Mid-Nineteenth Century England and Wales: The Relationship Between Governmental Structures and Creating Official Numbers Chris Williams 9. From Categorization to Public Policy: The Multiple Roles of Electronic Triage Ellen Balka 10. Making Sense of Numbers: The Presentation of Crime Statistics in the Oslo Police Annual Reports 1950-2008 Heidi Mork Lomell 11. Statistics on a Website: Governing Schools by Numbers Svein Hammer and Sigrunn Tvedten 12. Locating the Worths of Performance Indicators: Performing Transparencies and Accountabilities in Health Care Sonja Jerak-Zuiderent and Roland Bal Section 4: Reporting and Acts of Resistance 13. Co-Constructing Medical Diagnosis Practice and Hospital Activity Statistics: How Coding Practices Turn Patients into Numbers Gunnhild Tondel 14. GIS in Practice: Domestication of Statistics in Policing Helene I. Gundhus

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Ann Rudinow Satnan is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Svein Hammer is a Post-doc in the Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Heidi Mork Lomell is Post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo.

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