Historical Genesis of the Relation Between Science, Numbers and Politics—Part I Introduction
This piece introduces the four papers written for the history section of Science, Numbers and Politics. It outlines some of the problems that confront writing historical sociologies of quantitative information, focusing on the historicity of the rules that shape the production and usage of statistics. It then presents short prefatory remarks on the papers.
KeywordsWorking numbers History Statistics Quantitative information
- Botzem, Sebastien. 2012. The Politics of Accounting Regulation: Organizing Transnational Standard-Setting in Financial Reporting. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.Google Scholar
- Bourdieu, Pierre. 2014. On the State: Lectures at the Collège de France 1989–1992. Malden, MA: Polity.Google Scholar
- Desrosières, Alain. 1998. The Politics of Large Numbers: A History of Statistical Reasoning. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
- Porter, Theodore. 1996. Trust in Numbers. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar