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Statactivism: State Restructuring, Financial Capitalism and Statistical Mobilizations

Abstract : This special issue is about a particular form of action within the repertoire used by contemporary social movements: the mobilization of statistics. Traditionally, statistics has been used by the worker movement within the class conflicts. But in the current configuration of state restructuring, new accumulation regimes, and changes in work organization in capitalists societies, the activist use of statistics is moving. The first article of the special issue presents a general framework to grasp the use of quantification tools for contentious performance, stressing two main analytical dimensions: disclosure and affirmation. Six empirical papers follow, with case-studies on statactivism against the penal machinery in the early 1970s (Grégory Salle), on the mobilisation on the price index in Guadalupe in 2009 (Boris Samuel), and in Argentina in 2007 (Celia Lury and Ana Gross), on the mobilisations of experts to consolidate a link between working conditions and health issues (Marion Gilles), on the production of activity data for disability policy in France (Pierre-Yves Baudot), and on the use of statistics in social mobilizations for gender equality (Eugenia De Rosa). Alain Desrosières wrote the last paper, coping with mobilizations proposing innovations in the way of measuring inflation, unemployment, poverty, GDP, and climate change. This special issue is dedicated to him, and to his everlasting intellectual legacy.
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Isabelle Bruno, Emmanuel Didier, Tommaso Vitale. Statactivism: State Restructuring, Financial Capitalism and Statistical Mobilizations. Isabelle Bruno; Didier Emmanuel; Tommaso Vitale. Edizioni Franco Angeli, pp.158, 2014. ⟨hal-01491549⟩

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