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Cooking Data : Culture and Politics in an African Research World - by Crystal Biruk (Hardcover)

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In Cooking Data Crystal Biruk offers an ethnographic account of research into the demographics of HIV and AIDS in Malawi to rethink the production of quantitative health data. While research practices are often understood within a clean/dirty binary, Biruk shows that data are never clean; rather, they are always “cooked” during their production and inevitably entangled with the lives of those who produce them. Examining how the relationships among fieldworkers, supervisors, respondents, and foreign demographers shape data, Biruk examines the ways in which units of information—such as survey questions and numbers written onto questionnaires by fieldworkers—acquire value as statistics that go on to shape national AIDS policy. Her approach illustrates how on-the-ground dynamics and research cultures mediate the production of global health statistics in ways that impact local economies and formulations of power and expertise.
Number of Pages: 277
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: Research
Series Title: Critical Global Health: Evidence, Efficacy, Ethnography
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
Author: Crystal Biruk
Language: English
Street Date: April 4, 2018
TCIN: 53390880
UPC: 9780822370741
Item Number (DPCI): 248-64-2361
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