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Disciplining Statistics: Demography and Vital Statistics in France and England, 1830-1885 (Politics, History, and Culture)

Автор: Libby Schweber
Год: 2006
Издание: [не указанo]
Страниц: 296
ISBN: 0822338149
In Disciplining Statistics Libby Schweber compares the science of population statistics in England and France during the nineteenth century, demonstrating radical differences in the interpretation and use of statistical knowledge. Through a comparison of vital statistics and demography, Schweber describes how the English government embraced statistics, using probabilistic interpretations of statistical data to analyze issues related to poverty and public health. The French were far less enthusiastic. Political and scientific A©lites in France struggled with the a€?realitya€? of statistical populations, wrestling with concerns about the accuracy of figures that aggregated heterogeneous groups such as the rich and poor and rejecting probabilistic interpretations. Tracing the introduction and promotion of vital statistics and demography, Schweber identifies the institutional conditions that account for the contrasting styles of reasoning. She shows that the different...
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