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ERIC Number: EJ1096205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Who's Counting? Legitimating Measurement in the Audit Culture
Ocean, Jude; Skourdoumbis, Andrew
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v37 n3 p442-456 2016
What gives legitimacy to the numbers that constitute the measurement techniques of the audit culture? We argue that the audit culture's blind application of numbers to people as if there was no moral or ethical dimension to the calculation rests on a military discourse resident in mathematics. This argument is based on the genealogy presented in this paper, which uncovers a regime of measurement-by-number, sedimented as legitimate through an association with military power. We claim that this military measurement-by-number is a dubious technique of government on which the audit culture relies for its highly questionable authority.
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Language: English
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