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Beyond measure

volume 20, number 3

This special issue explores questions around measurement in relation to management, organization, and politics - that is, how processes quantification intervene in our lives, sideline other modes of judgement, and lead us astray with a trail of numbers. Numbers reveal, but they also hide; they tell us who we are, but also who we ought to become; they show us how happy and healthy we are, but also urge us to adjust ourselves to the norm. Numbers manage us and we, in turn, manage ourselves through numbers. ‘Beyond measure’ thus signals an attempt to denaturalize measurement, to peel back the layers of commensuration to see what lies beneath. In other words, what practical and moral conditions are required for any kind of measurement to take place at all?

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