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Alain Desrosières and the Parisian Flock: social studies of quantification in France since the 1970s

Alain Desrosières und die Pariser Gruppe: die Social Studies der Quantifizierung in Frankreich seit den 1970ern
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Didier, Emmanuel


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Abstract Alain Desrosières has played a central role in the French intellectual scene from the 1980s to today for his theories of quantification. In this article, I trace his career and that of his contemporary Parisian scene in three steps: first, the period when he was associated to Pierre Bourdieu; second, the one when he became part of what we propose to call a flock of scholars all working on the qualification of reality; and finally, the one when Desrosières was associated with the Centre Koyré d’histoire des sciences. Finally, we use statistics to analyze the extent of the international reception of his work.
Keywords quantification; social history; scientific discipline; measurement; data collection method; data capture; statistical analysis; statistics; France; Bourdieu, P.; reality; interest; research; research focus; theory of institutions; institutional economics
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Free Keywords Desrosières, Alain
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 27-47
Journal Historical Social Research, 41 (2016) 2
Issue topic Conventions and quantification - transdisciplinary perspectives on statistics and classifications
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works