New civic epistemologies of quantification

Making sense of indicators of local and global sustainability

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Abstract

Processes of globalization and decentralization are changing the relationship among statistical knowledge production, nation, and state. This article explores these changes through a comparison of five projects to design and implement indicators of sustainable development to replace conventional measures of economic welfare and social demographics - community sustainability indicators, Metropatterns, greening the gross domestic product, the Living Planet Index, and standardized accounting rules for inventorying greenhouse gas emissions. Drawing on a coproductionist idiom, the article argues that these projects constitute experiments in modifying the civic epistemologies of democratic societies, transforming not only knowledge production but also political identities, relationships, and institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-432
Number of pages30
JournalScience Technology and Human Values
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

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knowledge production
quantification
epistemology
Sustainable development
sustainability
welfare economics
political identity
gross domestic product
Planets
Gas emissions
Greenhouse gases
decentralization
sustainable development
globalization
Economics
experiment
society
community
Experiments
Knowledge Production

Keywords

  • Decentralization
  • Globalization
  • Indicators
  • Quantification
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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