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Who Counts?: The Mathematics of Death and Life After Genocide (Hardback)

Diane M. Nelson

Edité par Duke University Press, United States, 2015
ISBN 10: 0822359731 / ISBN 13: 9780822359739
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Titre : Who Counts?: The Mathematics of Death and ...

Éditeur : Duke University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. In Who Counts? Diane M. Nelson explores the social life of numbers, teasing out the myriad roles math plays in Guatemalan state violence, economic exploitation, and disenfranchisement, as well as in Mayan revitalization and grassroots environmental struggles. In the aftermath of thirty-six years of civil war, to count-both numerically and in the sense of having value-is a contested and qualitative practice of complex calculations encompassing war losses, migration, debt, and competing understandings of progress. Nelson makes broad connections among seemingly divergent phenomena, such as debates over reparations for genocide victims, Ponzi schemes, and antimining movements. Challenging the presumed objectivity of Western mathematics, Nelson shows how it flattens social complexity and becomes a raced, classed, and gendered skill that colonial powers considered beyond the grasp of indigenous peoples. Yet the Classic Maya are famous for the precision of their mathematics, including conceptualizing zero long before Europeans. Nelson shows how Guatemala s indigenous population is increasingly returning to Mayan numeracy to critique systemic inequalities with the goal of being counted-in every sense of the word. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780822359739

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Synopsis : In "Who Counts?" Diane M. Nelson explores the social life of numbers, teasing out the myriad roles math plays in Guatemalan state violence, economic exploitation and disenfranchisement, as well as in Mayan revitalization and grassroots environmental struggles. In the after-math of thirty-six years of civil war, to count--both numerically and in the sense of having value--is a contested and qualitative practice of complex calculations encompassing war losses, migration, debt, and competing understandings of progress. Nelson makes broad connections among seemingly divergent phenomena, such as debates over reparations for genocide victims, Ponzi schemes, and anti-mining movements. Challenging the presumed objectivity of Western mathematics, Nelson shows how it flattens social complexity and becomes a raced, classed, and gendered skill that colonial powers considered beyond the grasp of indigenous peoples. Yet the Classic Maya are famous for the precision of their mathematics, including conceptualizing zero long before Europeans. Nelson shows how Guatemala's indigenous population is increasingly returning to Mayan numeracy to critique systemic inequalities with the goal of being counted--in every sense of the word.

Critique: "'Life is painting a picture not doing a sum, ' Oliver Wendell Holmes once said; the diversity of human experience and the complexities of culture can't be explained by formula (no matter what our social scientists say). Holmes' observation is wonderfully brought to life by Diane Nelson, in her compelling new ethnography, "Who Counts?" Building on her previous path breaking scholarship on Guatemala, Nelson creatively and empathetically documents the many ways in which a postgenocidal society struggles against the stifling cunning of neoliberal regimentation--against, in other words, extinction by other means."--Greg Grandin, author of"Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World"

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