New civic epistemologies of quantification: Making sense of indicators of local and global sustainability

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

91 Scopus citations

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 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Decentralization
  • Globalization
  • Indicators
  • Quantification
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'New civic epistemologies of quantification: Making sense of indicators of local and global sustainability'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this