New Civic Epistemologies of Quantification: Making Sense of Indicators of Local and Global Sustainability

TitleNew Civic Epistemologies of Quantification: Making Sense of Indicators of Local and Global Sustainability
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsMiller, CA
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Volume30
Issue3
Pagination403-432
Date PublishedJuly 1, 2005
Publication Languageeng
AbstractProcesses 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.
URLhttp://sth.sagepub.com/content/30/3/403.abstracthttp://sth.sagepub.com/content/30/3/403.full.pdf
DOI10.1177/0162243904273448

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