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Seeing like a survey

Law, John (2009). Seeing like a survey. Cultural Sociology, 3(2) pp. 239–256.

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This article explores a performative understanding of social science method. First, it draws on STS to consider the plausibility of the claim that research methods generate not only representations of reality, but also the realities those representations depict. Second, it undertakes an archaeology of a major survey — a Eurobarometer investigation of European citizens' attitudes to farm animal welfare — in order to explore the character of its performativity. Finally, it considers some of the implications of the performativity of research tools for the future of methods in social science.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 BSA Publications Ltd®
ISSN: 1749-9763
Keywords: Eurobarometer; method; performativity; ontological politics; science and technology studies; survey research
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 21380
Depositing User: John Law
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 11:54
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:37
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