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The Resource The seductions of quantification : measuring human rights, gender violence, and sex trafficking, Sally Engle Merry

The seductions of quantification : measuring human rights, gender violence, and sex trafficking, Sally Engle Merry

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The seductions of quantification : measuring human rights, gender violence, and sex trafficking
Title
The seductions of quantification
Title remainder
measuring human rights, gender violence, and sex trafficking
Statement of responsibility
Sally Engle Merry
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"With The Seductions of Quantification, leading legal anthropologist Sally Engle Merry investigates the techniques by which information is gathered and analyzed in the production of global indicators on human rights, gender violence, and sex trafficking. Although such numbers convey an aura of objective truth and scientific validity, Merry argues persuasively that measurement systems constitute a form of power by incorporating theories about social change in their design but rarely explicitly acknowledging them. For instance, the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report, which ranks countries in terms of their compliance with antitrafficking activities, assumes that prosecuting traffickers as criminals is an effective corrective strategy -- overlooking cultures where women and children are frequently sold by their own families. As Merry shows, indicators are indeed seductive in their promise of providing concrete knowledge about how the world works, but they are implemented most successfully when paired with context-rich qualitative accounts grounded in local knowledge." --
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ICU/DLC
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1944-
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Merry, Sally Engle
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Chicago series in law and society
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  • Women
  • Human trafficking
  • Women
  • Human trafficking
  • Quantitative research
  • Social indicators
  • Numerical analysis
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The seductions of quantification : measuring human rights, gender violence, and sex trafficking, Sally Engle Merry
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-242) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A world of quantification -- Indicators as a technology of knowledge -- Measuring violence against women -- Categorizing violence against women: the cultural work of commensuration -- Measuring the unmeasurable: the US Trafficking in Persons Reports -- Knowledge effects and governance effects of the Trafficking in Persons Reports -- Human rights indicators: translating law into policy -- Conclusions
Control code
ocn920017479
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 249 pages
Isbn
9780226261140
Lccn
2015044525
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)920017479
Label
The seductions of quantification : measuring human rights, gender violence, and sex trafficking, Sally Engle Merry
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-242) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A world of quantification -- Indicators as a technology of knowledge -- Measuring violence against women -- Categorizing violence against women: the cultural work of commensuration -- Measuring the unmeasurable: the US Trafficking in Persons Reports -- Knowledge effects and governance effects of the Trafficking in Persons Reports -- Human rights indicators: translating law into policy -- Conclusions
Control code
ocn920017479
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 249 pages
Isbn
9780226261140
Lccn
2015044525
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)920017479

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