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Who Counts?

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Klappentext In Who Counts? Diane M. Nelson explores the social life of numbers! teasing out the myriad roles math plays in Guatema... Lire la suite
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Klappentext 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. Zusammenfassung In Who Counts? Diane M. Nelson presents a complex reading of mathematics and the contested and myriad ways it is used by the Guatemalan state to marginalize indigenous populations as well as its use by indigenous peoples to critique systemic inequalities.

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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.



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In Who Counts? Diane M. Nelson presents a complex reading of mathematics and the contested and myriad ways it is used by the Guatemalan state to marginalize indigenous populations as well as its use by indigenous peoples to critique systemic inequalities.

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Titre: Who Counts?
Sous-titre: The Mathematics of Death and Life after Genocide
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Code EAN: 9780822360056
ISBN: 0822360055
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Duke University Press
nombre de pages: 322
Poids: 469g
Taille: H229mm x B152mm x T17mm
Année: 2015