Calculating The Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing by V. HigginsCalculating The Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing by V. Higgins

Calculating The Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing

EditorV. Higgins, W. Larner, Wendy Larner

Hardcover | September 29, 2010

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Examining the increasingly powerful role of standards in the governing of economic, political and social life, this book draws upon governmentality and actor network theory to explore how standards and standardizing projects are articulated and rendered workable in practice, and the objects, subjects and forms of identity to which this gives rise.
VAUGHAN HIGGINS is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Monash University, Australia. His previous publications include: Rural Governance: International Perspectives (with Lynda Cheshire and Geoffrey Lawrence) and Agricultural Governance: Globalizationand the New Politics of Regulation (with Geoffrey Lawrence).WENDY LARNER is Professor of ...
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Title:Calculating The Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of GoverningFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0 inPublished:September 29, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230579310

ISBN - 13:9780230579316

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Table of Contents

Standards and Standardization as a Social Science Problem; V.Higgins & W.Larner
PART I THE GLOBAL AND LOCAL POLITICS OF STANDARDIZING
Calculating Hybrids; P.Miller, L.Kurunmäki & T.O'Leary
Gendering Codes of Conduct: Chiquita Bananas and Nicaraguan Women Workers; M.Prieto-Carrón & W.Larner
The Practice of Third Party Certification: Enhancing Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice in the Global South?;  C.Bain & M.Hatanaka
PART II TECHNOLOGIES OF GOVERNING AND THE STANDARDIZING OF THE SOCIAL
E-government and the Production of Standardized Individuality; P.Henman & M.Dean
The Standardizing of Nursing Competencies; A.Dugdale & L.Grealish
Industry Analysts and the Labour of Comparison; N.Pollock
Sticking Plasters and the Standardizations of Everyday Life; M.Michael
PART III THE CONTESTATION AND ADAPTATION OF STANDARDIZING PRACTICES
Local Experiments with Global Certificates: How Russian Software Testers are Inventing Themselves as a Profession; M.Feakins
Adapting Standards: The Case of Environmental Management Systems in Australia; V.Higgins, J.Dibden & C.Cocklin
Standards, Orphan Drugs, and Pharmaceutical Markets; C.Novas
PART IV CONCLUSION
From Standardization to Standardizing Work; V.Higgins & W.Larner

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"This excellent collection of essays gets beneath the surface of the 'world of standards' which we inhabit. At the point of their enactment and materialization in checklists, registers, accounting statements and questionnaires, standards are necessarily enmeshed in complex local webs of action and reaction. Each contribution shows how standards and the forms of calculation which they engender are always incomplete yet powerful projects of social and economic organization." -- Professor Michael Power, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK