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The Power to Count and the Stakes of Counting: An Inquiry into the Quantified Production of Humanitarian Insecurity

The Power to Count and the Stakes of Counting: An Inquiry into the Quantified Production of... Global Governance 23 (2017), 57–70 The Power to Count and the Stakes of Counting: An Inquiry into the Quantified Production of Humanitarian Insecurity Monique J. Beerli Conflict, crime, development, security, human rights, and democracy, to name a few, are all examples of subjects that have been delimited and constructed in the form of databases and sets of quantitative indicators. While the state had traditionally held the exclusive monopoly of quanti- fied production, today many actors participate in its fabrication and circu- lation, sometimes even working on the same theme. Taking the example of humanitarian security, this article argues for the need to investigate the factors that structure a researcher and a research center’s choice to de- velop new areas of quantitative research. Giving an account of who has the power to count and calling into question the disinterested production of data, this article also points to the wider power effects of transforming insecurity into quantified measures. Keywords: research, quantification, humanitarian insecurity. WHILE STATES HISTORICALLY DOMINATED THE PRODUCTION AND USE OF STATISTICS, predominately utilized as instruments of governance, over the course of the twentieth century, the state lost its monopoly over quantitative information to newly emerging actors such as international http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

The Power to Count and the Stakes of Counting: An Inquiry into the Quantified Production of Humanitarian Insecurity

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-02301006
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Abstract

Global Governance 23 (2017), 57–70 The Power to Count and the Stakes of Counting: An Inquiry into the Quantified Production of Humanitarian Insecurity Monique J. Beerli Conflict, crime, development, security, human rights, and democracy, to name a few, are all examples of subjects that have been delimited and constructed in the form of databases and sets of quantitative indicators. While the state had traditionally held the exclusive monopoly of quanti- fied production, today many actors participate in its fabrication and circu- lation, sometimes even working on the same theme. Taking the example of humanitarian security, this article argues for the need to investigate the factors that structure a researcher and a research center’s choice to de- velop new areas of quantitative research. Giving an account of who has the power to count and calling into question the disinterested production of data, this article also points to the wider power effects of transforming insecurity into quantified measures. Keywords: research, quantification, humanitarian insecurity. WHILE STATES HISTORICALLY DOMINATED THE PRODUCTION AND USE OF STATISTICS, predominately utilized as instruments of governance, over the course of the twentieth century, the state lost its monopoly over quantitative information to newly emerging actors such as international

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2017

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