Calculating the Social

Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing

  • Vaughan Higgins
  • Wendy Larner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Standards and Standardization as a Social Scientific Problem

    1. Vaughan Higgins, Wendy Larner
      Pages 1-17
  3. The Global and Local Politics of Standardizing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Peter Miller, Liisa Kurunmäki, Ted O’Leary
      Pages 21-37
    3. Marina Prieto-Carrón, Wendy Larner
      Pages 38-55
  4. Technologies of Governing and the Standardizing of the Social

  5. The Contestation and Adaptation of Standardizing Practices

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Vaughan Higgins, Wendy Larner
      Pages 205-218
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-227

About this book


Examining the increasingly powerful role of standards in the governing of economic, political and social life, this book draws upon governmentality and actor network theory to explore how standards and standardizing projects are articulated and rendered workable in practice, and the objects, subjects and forms of identity to which this gives rise.


environment Figuration gender government identity politics social justice social science sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Vaughan Higgins
    • 1
  • Wendy Larner
    • 2
  1. 1.Monash UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.University of BristolUK

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