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This book compares things, objects, concepts, and ideas. It is also about the practical acts of doing comparison. Comparison is not something that exists in the world, but a particular kind of activity. Agents of various kinds compare by placing things next to one another, by using software programs and other tools, and by simply looking in certain ways. Comparing like this is an everyday practice. But in the social sciences, comparing often becomes more burdensome, more complex, and more questions are asked of it. How, then, do social scientists compare? What role do funders, their tools, and databases play in social scientific comparisons? Which sorts of objects do they choose to compare and how do they decide which comparisons are meaningful? Doing comparison in the social sciences, it emerges, is a practice weighed down by a history in which comparison was seen as problematic. As it plays out in the present, this history encounters a range of other agents also involved in doing comparison who may challenge the comparisons of social scientists themselves. This book introduces these questions through a varied range of reports, auto-ethnographies, and theoretical interventions that compare and analyse these different and often intersecting comparisons. Its goal is to begin a move away from the critique of comparison and towards a better comparative practice, guided not by abstract principles, but a deeper understanding of the challenges of practising comparison.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. 1. Introduction: The Practices and Infrastructures of Comparison
  2. Joe Deville, Michael Guggenheim, Zuzana Hrdlicˇková
  3. pp. 17-42
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  1. Section One: Logics
  1. 2. Comparative Research: Beyond Linear-causal Explanation
  2. Monika Krause
  3. pp. 43-67
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  1. 3. Cross Comparison: Comparisons across Architectural Displays of Colonial Power
  2. Alice Santiago Faria
  3. pp. 68-96
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  1. Section Two: Collaborations
  1. 4. Same, Same but Different: Provoking Relations, Assembling the Comparator
  2. Joe Deville, Michael Guggenheim, Zuzana Hrdlicˇková
  3. pp. 99-129
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  1. 5. Pulling Oneself Out of the Traps of Comparison: An Auto-ethnography of a European Project
  2. Madeleine Akrich, Vololona Rabeharisoa
  3. pp. 130-165
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  1. 6. Frame Against the Grain: Asymmetries, Interference, and the Politics of EU Comparison
  2. Tereza Stöckelová
  3. pp. 166-186
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  1. Section Three: Relations
  1. 7. Lateral Comparisons
  2. Christopher Gad and Casper Bruun Jensen
  3. pp. 187-219
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  1. 8. Comparative Tinkering with Care Moves
  2. Peter A. Lutz
  3. pp. 220-250
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  1. 9. Comparing Comparisons: On Rankings and Accounting in Hospitals and Universities
  2. Sarah de Rijcke, Iris Wallenburg, Paul Wouters, Roland Bal
  3. pp. 251-280
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  1. 10. Steve Jobs, Terrorists, Gentlemen, and Punks: Tracing Strange Comparisons of Biohackers
  2. Morgan Meyer
  3. pp. 281-305
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  1. 11. Afterword: Spaces of Comparison
  2. Jennifer Robinson
  3. pp. 306-321
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  1. Mattering Press Titles
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780993144950
Related ISBN
9780993144943
MARC Record
OCLC
1006344041
Pages
324
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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