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Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World
by Crystal Biruk
Duke University Press, 2018
Paper: 978-0-8223-7089-5 | Cloth: 978-0-8223-7074-1 | eISBN: 978-0-8223-7182-3
Library of Congress Classification GN296.5.M42B57 2018

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In Cooking Data Crystal Biruk offers an ethnographic account of research into the demographics of HIV and AIDS in Malawi to rethink the production of quantitative health data. While research practices are often understood within a clean/dirty binary, Biruk shows that data are never clean; rather, they are always “cooked” during their production and inevitably entangled with the lives of those who produce them. Examining how the relationships among fieldworkers, supervisors, respondents, and foreign demographers shape data, Biruk examines the ways in which units of information—such as survey questions and numbers written onto questionnaires by fieldworkers—acquire value as statistics that go on to shape national AIDS policy. Her approach illustrates how on-the-ground dynamics and research cultures mediate the production of global health statistics in ways that impact local economies and formulations of power and expertise.

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