Standards. We apply them, uphold them, or fail to meet them. But how do they get made? The Social Life of Standards reveals how these political and technical tools for organizing society are developed, subverted, contested, and reassembled by local communities interacting with standards created by others. Using ethnographic approaches, contributors investigate biomedical, agricultural, and other contexts that reveal the mismatch between the inconsistent implementation of standards in the real world and the non-negotiable criteria presupposed by external forces. These cases support a reflexive process that involves local engagement at every stage in the production and application of standards.
About the authors
Janice E. Graham is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Director of the Qualitative Research Commons & Studio (QuRCS) in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Christina Holmes is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Regna Darnell is Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology Emerita at the University of Western Ontario. She is coeditor of The Franz Boas Papers, Volume 1: Franz Boas as Public Intellectual—Theory, Ethnography, Activism (Nebraska, 2015). Darnell is the general editor of the multivolume series The Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition and co-editor of the Critical Studies in History of Anthropology series.
Other titles by Janice E. Graham
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Other titles by Regna Darnell
History of Theory and Method in Anthropology
The History of Anthropology
A Critical Window on the Discipline in North America
Centering the Margins of Anthropology's History
Histories of Anthropology Annual, Volume 14
Disruptive Voices and the Singularity of Histories
Tracking Anthropological Engagements
Historicizing Theories, Identities, and Nations
Local Knowledge, Global Stage
Corridor Talk to Culture History
Public Anthropology and Its Consequences
The Franz Boas Papers, Volume 1
Franz Boas as Public Intellectual—Theory, Ethnography, Activism