August 2019 Academic & Specialist Bristol University Press

Data in Society: Challenging Statistics in an Age of Globalisation edited by Jeff Evans, Sally Ruane, Humphrey Southall

Data in Society: Challenging Statistics in an Age of Globalisation
edited by Jeff Evans, Sally Ruane, Humphrey Southall


Paperback | Aug 2019 | Policy Press | 9781447348221 | 304pp | 234x156mm | POD | RFB | AUD$69.99, NZD$84.99
Hardback | Aug 2019 | Policy Press | 9781447348214 | 304pp | 234x156mm | POD | RFB | AUD$214.99, NZD$259.99

Data is a social phenomenon. This book examines the ways in which we are constantly engaging with data, consciously through the ways in which we provide data about ourselves and without awareness. It analyses the construction and use of statistics by governmental and non-governmental organisations, looking at how statistics are used in social discourse to advance interests and to achieve particular, often political ends.

The authors also consider the increasing power of private corporations and transnational organisations, including recent processes affecting the ownership and access to data, as well as the importance of data in uncovering and portraying injustices.