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Counting : how we use numbers to decide what matters / Deborah Stone.

Stone, Deborah, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)

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Bethlehem Main Library 001.422 (Text) 33062009346306 New Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781631495922
  • ISBN: 1631495925
  • Physical Description: xvi, 291 pages : illustrations (some color); 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-274) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: Of Two Minds -- There's No Such Thing as a Raw Number -- How a Number Comes to Be -- How We Know What a Number Means -- How Numbers Get Their Clout -- How Counting Changes Hearts and Minds -- The Ethics of Counting.
Summary, etc.:
"The best-selling author of Policy Paradox, a classic on politics, delivers a pathbreaking work on the simple act of counting. Early in her extraordinary career, Deborah Stone wrote Policy Paradox, a landmark work on politics. Now, in Counting, she revolutionizes how we approach numbers and shows how counting shapes the way we see the world. Most of us think of counting as a skill so basic that we see numbers as objective, indisputable facts. Not so, says Stone. In this playful-yet-probing work, Stone reveals the inescapable link between quantifying and classifying, and explains how counting determines almost every facet of our lives-from how we are evaluated at work to how our political opinions are polled to whether we get into college or even out of prison. But numbers, Stone insists, need not rule our lives. Especially in this age of big data, Stone's work is a pressing and spirited call to reclaim our authority over numbers, and to take responsibility for how we use them"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Statistics > Social aspects.
Counting > Social aspects.
Measurement > Social aspects.
Evaluation > Social aspects.

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