Article ID: CBB339019601

Peopling Europe through Data Practices: Introduction to the Special Issue (2020)


Baki Cakici (Author)
Evelyn Ruppert (Author)
Stephan Scheel (Author)

Science, Technology, and Human Values
Volume: 45
Issue: 2
Pages: 199-211
Publication date: 2020
Language: English

Politically, Europe has been unable to address itself to a constituted polity and people as more than an agglomeration of nation-states. From the resurgence of nationalisms to the crisis of the single currency and the unprecedented decision of a member state to leave the European Union (EU), core questions about the future of Europe have been rearticulated: Who are the people of Europe? Is there a European identity? What does it mean to say, “I am European?” Where does Europe begin and end? and Who can legitimately claim to be a part of a “European” people? The special issue (SI) seeks to contest dominant framings of the question “Who are the people of Europe?” as only a matter of government policies, electoral campaigns, or parliamentary debates. Instead, the contributions start from the assumption that answers to this question exist in data practices where people are addressed, framed, known, and governed as European. The central argument of this SI is that it is through data practices that the EU seeks to simultaneously constitute its population as a knowable, governable entity, and as a distinct form of peoplehood where common personhood is more important than differences.

Includes Series Articles

Article Gabriel G. Blouin (2020) Data Performativity and Health: The Politics of Health Data Practices in Europe. Science, Technology, and Human Values (pp. 317-341). unapi

Article Funda Ustek-Spilda (2020) Statisticians as Back-office Policy-makers: Counting Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in Europe. Science, Technology, and Human Values (pp. 289-316). unapi

Article Annalisa Pelizza (2020) Processing Alterity, Enacting Europe: Migrant Registration and Identification as Co-construction of Individuals and Polities. Science, Technology, and Human Values (pp. 262-288). unapi

Article Francisca Grommé; Evelyn Ruppert (2020) Population Geometries of Europe: The Topologies of Data Cubes and Grids. Science, Technology, and Human Values (pp. 235-261). unapi

Article Helene Ratner (2020) Europeanizing the Danish School through National Testing: Standardized Assessment Scales and the Anticipation of Risky Populations. Science, Technology, and Human Values (pp. 212-234). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Borck, Cornelius
Dover, Paul M.
Dyck, Erika
Guldi, Jo
Hartmann, Heinrich
Henry, Emmanuel
Science as Culture
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Social Studies of Science
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Cambridge University Press
Cornell University Press
Duke University Press
MIT Press
University of California Press
Data; information
Demography; population research
Science and technology studies (STS)
Metaphors; analogies
Fleck, Ludwik
Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
Early modern
United States
European Union
Great Britain
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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