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Ten things we know about humanitarian numbers

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posted on 2023-09-15, 08:22 authored by Joël Glasman, Brendan LawsonBrendan Lawson
The modern humanitarian sector is gripped by a data frenzy. How can we take a step back and critically engage with what datafication means? This introduction to the special section begins by outlining three broad theoretical positions within the literature: positivist, constructivist, and reflexivity of actors. To dive deeper, and to tie together the four pieces in this special section, we point to ‘ten things we know about humanitarian numbers’. The ten points cover issues of epistemology, institutionalisation, linguistics, social justice, technology, theorisation and power. Taken together, they offer different springboards from which academics can launch into critiques of data in the humanitarian sector.

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German Research Foundation

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

Volume

5

Issue

1

Pages

1 - 10

Publisher

Manchester University Press

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access article published under the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence https://creativecommons.org/licences/by-nc-nd/4.0

Publication date

2023-09-14

Copyright date

2023

eISSN

2515-6411

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Brendan Lawson. Deposit date: 14 September 2023

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