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Monuments in print
Blue books and the market of information
The battle of the books
The bee in the book
The culture of the social fact
Scenes of commission
Facts speak for themselves
Can freedmen be citizens?
Archives of Indian knowledge
The purloined Indian
Essay on sources.
In the mid-nineteenth century, American and British governments marched with great fanfare into the marketplace of knowledge and publishing. British royal commissions of inquiry, inspectorates, and parliamentary committees conducted famous social inquiries into child labor, poverty, housing, and factories. The American federal government studied Indian tribes, explored the West, and investigated the condition of the South during and after the Civil War. Performing, printing, and then circulating these studies, government established an economy of exchange with its diverse constituencies. In this medium, which Frankel terms "print statism, " not only tangible objects such as reports and books but knowledge itself changed hands. As participants, citizens assumed the standing of informants and readers. Even as policy investigations and official reportage became a distinctive feature of the modern governing process, buttressing the claim of the state to represent its populace, government discovered an unintended consequence: it could exercise only limited control over the process of inquiry, the behavior of its emissaries as investigators or authors, and the fate of official reports once issued and widely circulated. This study contributes to current debates over knowledge, print culture, and the growth of the state as well as the nature and history of the "public sphere." It interweaves innovative, theoretical discussions into meticulous, historical analysis. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
1: The Modern Fact, the Problem of Induction, and Questions of Method
2: Accommodating Merchants: Double-Entry Bookkeeping, Mercantile Expertise, and the Effect of Accuracy
3: The Political Anatomy of the Economy: English Science and Irish Land
4: Experimental Moral Philosophy and the Problems of Liberal Governmentality
5: From Conjectural History to Political Economy
6: Reconfiguring Facts and Theory: Vestiges of Providentialism in the New Science of Wealth
7: Figures of Arithmetic, Figures of Speech: The Problem of Induction in the 1830s Notes Bibliography Index.
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Exploring such questions as "how did fact become modernity's most favoured unit of knowledge?", this text contains ideas and texts from the publication of the first British manual on double-entry bookkeeping in 1588 to the institutionalization of statistics in the 1830s. It shows how the production of systematic knowledge from descriptions of observed particulars influenced government; how numerical representation became the privileged vehicle for generating useful facts; and how belief - whether figured as credit, credibility, or credulity - remained essential to the production of knowledge. (source: Nielsen Book Data)