9780822360056-0822360055-Who Counts?: The Mathematics of Death and Life after Genocide

Who Counts?: The Mathematics of Death and Life after Genocide

ISBN-13: 9780822360056
ISBN-10: 0822360055
Edition: Reprint
Author: Nelson, Diane M.
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 328 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780822360056
ISBN-10: 0822360055
Edition: Reprint
Author: Nelson, Diane M.
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 328 pages

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Acknowledged authors Nelson, Diane M. wrote Who Counts?: The Mathematics of Death and Life after Genocide comprising 328 pages back in 2015. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0822360055 and 9780822360056. Since then Who Counts?: The Mathematics of Death and Life after Genocide textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In Who Counts? Diane M. Nelson explores the social life of numbers, teasing out the myriad roles math plays in Guatemalan state violence, economic exploitation, and disenfranchisement, as well as in Mayan revitalization and grassroots environmental struggles. In the aftermath of thirty-six years of civil war, to count—both numerically and in the sense of having value—is a contested and qualitative practice of complex calculations encompassing war losses, migration, debt, and competing understandings of progress. Nelson makes broad connections among seemingly divergent phenomena, such as debates over reparations for genocide victims, Ponzi schemes, and antimining movements. Challenging the presumed objectivity of Western mathematics, Nelson shows how it flattens social complexity and becomes a raced, classed, and gendered skill that colonial powers considered beyond the grasp of indigenous peoples. Yet the Classic Maya are famous for the precision of their mathematics, including conceptualizing zero long before Europeans. Nelson shows how Guatemala's indigenous population is increasingly returning to Mayan numeracy to critique systemic inequalities with the goal of being counted—in every sense of the word.

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