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The Resource The metric society : on the quantification of the social, Steffen Mau ; translated by Sharon Howe

The metric society : on the quantification of the social, Steffen Mau ; translated by Sharon Howe

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The metric society : on the quantification of the social
Title
The metric society
Title remainder
on the quantification of the social
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Steffen Mau ; translated by Sharon Howe
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  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
In today’s world, numbers are in the ascendancy. Societies dominated by star ratings, scores, likes and lists are rapidly emerging, as data are collected on virtually every aspect of our lives. From annual university rankings, ratings agencies and fitness tracking technologies to our credit score and health status, everything and everybody is measured and evaluated. In this important new book, Steffen Mau offers a critical analysis of this increasingly pervasive phenomenon. While the original intention behind the drive to quantify may have been to build trust and transparency, Mau shows how metrics have in fact become a form of social conditioning. The ubiquitous language of ranking and scoring has changed profoundly our perception of value and status. What is more, through quantification, our capacity for competition and comparison has expanded significantly - we can now measure ourselves against others in practically every area. The rise of quantification has created and strengthened social hierarchies, transforming qualitative differences into quantitative inequalities that play a decisive role in shaping the life chances of individuals. This timely analysis of the pernicious impact of quantification will appeal to students and scholars across the social sciences, as well as anyone concerned by the cult of numbers and its impact on our lives and societies today. --
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1968-
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Mau, Steffen
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index present
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Translated from the German
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non fiction
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Howe, Sharon.
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  • Information technology
  • Data mining
  • Big data
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The metric society : on the quantification of the social, Steffen Mau ; translated by Sharon Howe
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1045722517
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
vii, 205 pages
Isbn
9781509530403
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1045722517
Label
The metric society : on the quantification of the social, Steffen Mau ; translated by Sharon Howe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1045722517
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
vii, 205 pages
Isbn
9781509530403
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1045722517

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