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COOKING DATA is an ethnographic study of how demographic data is collected, handled, processed, and manipulated by fieldworkers, researchers, policymakers, and NGOs in Malawi and internationally. Crystal Biruk’s fieldwork with people at all levels of major survey projects explores how survey-based research projects call truths about the populations they work with into being, transforming data from answers to survey questions into statistics that appear self-evidently true. Beginning with the assumption that clean data is a myth, Biruk uncovers the hidden relationships between the knowledge work that produces data and its value to various audiences. Specifically, her work considers how health-related data have become financially valuable both to NGOs and to the young Malawians who work as data collectors and, later, supervisors--and how the commodification of health information intersects with local social worlds.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction. An Anthropologist among the Demographers: Assembling Data in Survey Research Worlds
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. One. The Office in the Field: Building Survey Infrastructures
  2. pp. 31-66
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  1. Two. Living Project to Project: Brokering Local Knowledge in the Field
  2. pp. 67-99
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  1. Three. Clean Data, Messy Gifts: Soap-for-Information Transactions in the Field
  2. pp. 100-128
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  1. Four. Materializing Clean Data in the Field
  2. pp. 129-165
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  1. Five. When Numbers Travel: The Politics of Making Evidence-Based Policy
  2. pp. 166-199
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  1. Conclusion. Anthropology in and of (Critical) Global Health
  2. pp. 200-216
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  1. Appendix. Sample Household Roster Questions
  2. pp. 217-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-236
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-277
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822371823
Related ISBN
9780822370741
MARC Record
OCLC
1103692915
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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