Sally Engle Merry, Ph.D.; Measuring Violence Against Women: Global Reform Indicators and Knowledge Production
In this seminar, Sally Engle Merry, Ph.D. will discuss the use of statistical methods in understanding violence against women. As the spread of indicators as a new technology of governance expands into the field of human rights and global governance, the way violence against women is understood is also shifting. The use of indicators, statistical measures of performance, submerges political issues about how to define and measure social phenomena into technical mastery. Thus, assessing the political and social processes of indicator production and implementation is fundamental to assessing the effects of this new technology on power relations and forms of global governance.