Theidon reviews Merry on Human Rights and the Seductions of Quantification

By Lael Weinberger


Kimberly Theidon has a review of The Seductions of Quantification: Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence, and Sex Trafficking by Sally Engle Merry out in the Anthropological Review. From the review:

Let the reader be warned: "Quantification is seductive." Not a bad first Line for a book about statistics, indicators, ratios, and other forms of numerical data. Set down that plastic pocket protector, dim the lights, and follow Sally Engle Merry's insightful analysis of the hidden labor involved in translating the complexity of human experience into numbers.