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Sorting Things Out : Classification and Its Consequences - Geoffrey C. Bowker

Sorting Things Out

Classification and Its Consequences

Paperback

Published: 25th August 2000
For Ages: 18+ years old
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What do a seventeenth-century mortality table (whose causes of death include "fainted in a bath," "frighted," and "itch"); the identification of South Africans during apartheid as European, Asian, colored, or black; and the separation of machine- from hand-washables have in common? All are examples of classification--the scaffolding of information infrastructures. In "Sorting Things Out," Geoffrey Bowker and Susan Leigh Star explore the role of categories and standards in shaping the modern world. In a clear and lively style, they investigate a variety of classification systems, including the International Classification of Diseases, the Nursing Interventions Classification, race classification under apartheid in South Africa, and the classification of viruses and of tuberculosis. "Sorting Things Out" has a moral agenda, for each standard and category valorizes some point of view and silences another. Standards and classifications produce advantage or suffering. Jobs are made and lost; some regions benefit at the expense of others. How these choices are made and how we think about that process are at the moral and political core of this work. The book is an important empirical source for understanding the building of information infrastructures.

" Sorting Things Out is a brilliant dissection of a fundamental facet ofsocial life. Its analytic comparisons shed new light on familiar problemswhich plague all the social sciences." Howard S. Becker , University of California-Santa Barbara

ISBN: 9780262522953
ISBN-10: 0262522950
Series: Inside Technology
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 389
Published: 25th August 2000
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.53