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  1.  2
    Building Public Innovation for Industrial Risk Prevention and Crisis Management: Genesis and Development of a Unique Collaborative Innovation.Paolo Crivellari - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (4):589-607.
    Public innovation is a peculiar form of innovation that provides new policies, new products, new services, and new infrastructures to increase public value. Many barriers can prevent this kind of innovation, so it cannot be taken for granted. Consequently, it is important to understand the conditions that can produce it. The present article is a case study on SIMAGE, a collaborative public innovation that has no equivalent in Europe and was developed in the Italian petrochemical site of Porto Marghera for (...)
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    ‘Too Humble and Sad’: The Effect of Humility and Emotional Display When a Politician Talks About a Moral Issue.Francesca D’Errico - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (4):660-680.
    Humble leadership can be defined as a positive psychological feature that allows for admitting one’s own limitations, being open to new ideas and giving a voice to, and recognizing the merits of, others. Humility has been associated with positive emotions, like gratitude and elevation, however it has been neglected in the political domain, seen on the contrary as the management of power. The present experimental study was aimed at exploring the possible persuasive effect of a humble politician by considering the (...)
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  3. Practical Trust.Esther González-Martínez & Jakub Mlynář - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (4):608-630.
    We begin our article by placing various forms of trust distinguished by the literature along a continuum according to the truster’s practical orientation toward the possibility of things not going as expected. We then present the ethnomethodological respecification of trust as an observable phenomenon of order involving continuous practical work, in situ and in real time. Conversation analysis provides tools for capturing how trust is accomplished as interlocutors rely on ordinary orders of practice to organize talk-in-interaction. Built on these bases, (...)
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    Reconstructing Erich Fromm’s ‘Pathology of Normalcy’: Transcending the Recognition-Cognitive Paradigm in the Diagnosis of Social Pathologies.Neal Harris - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (4):714-733.
    Erich Fromm’s analysis of ‘pathological normalcy’ offers promising social-theoretical resources to help transcend the contemporary, ‘domesticated’, diagnosis of social pathologies. This article commences by briefly tracing the numerous limitations of the current orthodoxy, epitomised by the recognition-cognitive ‘pathologies of recognition’ approach. A sympathetic reconstruction of Erich Fromm’s diagnosis of pathological normalcy is then presented as a promising palliative. The strengths of Fromm’s social-theoretical framework are then outlined: Fromm’s scholarship presents a structure through which objectively inadequate and contradictory social conditions can (...)
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    Gender and Violence: Rape as a Spectacle on Prime-Time Television.Şehriban Kaya - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (4):681-700.
    This article focuses on the representation of rape on prime-time Turkish television and its context, where the industry, marketing and politics intersect, to investigate how the representation of rape on television serials functions. Since 2010, the prime-time episodic television of Turkey has used images of beautiful young girls and women who have been raped as a motif. A large number of TV serials have featured male violence against women as a central narrative concern, while there has been a rising trend (...)
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    Financial Markets as Commensurating Machines.Barbara Kuchler - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (4):539-565.
    Ever since the crisis of 2008, the dynamism and self-referentiality of financial markets have puzzled observers. This article argues that this dynamism is the product of a long process of commensuration, by which ever more heterogeneous financial assets and financial instruments have come to be compared with, substituted for, and valuated relatively to one another, and have thereby been condensed into a highly interconnected financial system. This trajectory can be found both in the long-term historical emergence of financial markets from (...)
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  7. Bien Agiter Avant L’Emploi. De L’Activation des Politiques D’Emploi À L’Agitation des Chômeurs.Jean-François Orianne & Laura Beuker - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (4):566-588.
    By articulating a pragmatic approach of the labor market intermediaries with a systemic approach of the interactions at the State’s counters, the authors study the follow-up and accompaniment procedure of jobseekers in Belgium, within three public employment services. This procedure appears today as the most successful realization of a reform process, within the employment policies, that is still in progress since the middle of the 1990, under the influence of the European institutions. The authors analyze the role of the National (...)
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    The Concepts of Surveillance and Sousveillance: A Critical Analysis.Frej Klem Thomsen - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (4):701-713.
    The concept of surveillance has recently been complemented by the concept of sousveillance. Neither term, however, has been rigorously defined, and it is particularly unclear how to understand and delimit sousveillance. This article sketches a generic definition of surveillance and proceeds to explore various ways in which we might define sousveillance, including power differentials, surreptitiousness, control, reciprocity, and moral valence. It argues that for each of these ways of defining it, sousveillance either fails to be distinct from surveillance or to (...)
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  9. Economic Crisis and Social Trust: Reviewing the Effects of Economic Polarisation on Social and Institutional Confidence.Diego Torrente, Jordi Caïs & Catalina Bolancé - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (4):631-659.
    The economic crisis of 2008 led to a significant erosion of trust in the countries that were hit hardest. However, whether this fall can best be explained by external economic factors or by the lack of response on the part of the institutions to civic needs and demands is unclear. This study uses the extreme case of Spain to bring new insights to this debate. Its aim is to analyse, in comparison with perceived institutional performance and other factors, the effect (...)
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    The Political Rationalities of Indebtedness: Control, Discipline, Sovereignty.Jean François Bissonnette - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (3):454-468.
    This article examines the political character of debt relations, focusing in particular on the increasingly important phenomenon of personal indebtedness. Following Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, it distinguishes between three forms of ‘rationality’ that explain the various power dynamics at play beneath the formal and seemingly voluntary loan contract. Debt first exemplifies the open-ended flows of power that circulate in the networked structures of the ‘societies of control’ described by Deleuze. Far from signaling the demise of the modern disciplines analyzed (...)
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    Recasting the Indebted Subject in the Middle Voice.Maria Boletsi - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (3):430-453.
    This article traces the interrelation of two forms of debt – financial debt and the symbolic debt to the past – in order to propose a rethinking of the discourse of debt through the ‘middle voice’, understood both as a grammatical category and, more generally, as an expressive modality that can take shape through different media. Can we revisit discourses of debt through ‘grammars’ that could restore a form of agency to the ‘indebted subject’ and disrupt the asymmetrical power relation (...)
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  12. Xenia – Debt at Home, Debt is Always Foreign.Stathis Gourgouris - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (3):521-535.
    The concerns of this article are twofold: first, it examines the nature of debt as a social and economic force that fosters conditions of alienation in persons and institutions. Debt is also considered ontologically to be pertinent to the institution of the family as well as general conditions of kinship, of what determines what is ancestral and what is foreign. Second, it examines the conditions of financial and cultural crisis in Greece in recent years, where debt emerges as a prominent (...)
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    The Artist’s Debt: Arent de Gelder and Rembrandt.Yannis Hadjinicolaou - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (3):493-520.
    This paper explores a case of artistic debt towards the end of the 17th century in the Netherlands and more particularly in the city of Dordrecht. Arent de Gelder, Rembrandt’s allegedly most faithful pupil, continued to pursue the – by this time – unfashionable manner of his teacher. Shortly before, Rembrandt had to face a heavy artistic and financial crisis. De Gelder’s debt was not only that of a mere pupil. His own social and financial independence fully allowed him to (...)
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  14. Debt, Time, Creation: An Introduction.Nathalie Karagiannis - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (3):393-402.
    This special issue explores the concept of debt and its ramifications in contemporary landscapes with the intention of altering the themes and terms of a debate imposed by economistic discourse. Briefly going through the crucial issues raised by the social practice of debt: time and creation – unveils that the languages of contemporary archaeology, sociology, anthropology, art history, literary theory, are ways of allowing for an emancipatory take on the issue of debt.
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    Debt/Credit, Money and Social Relationships in the Underground Credit Markets of Soweto, South Africa.Detlev Krige - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (3):403-429.
    This article engages with contemporary debates about debt and money from the vantage point of an ethnographic study of unregulated, small-scale moneylending business who continues to operate in the township of Soweto’s poorer neighbourhoods. Following Peebles’ argument that reading poor people’s unwillingness to bank with formal institutions as a sign of ignorance is unwarranted, this article describes persistent dynamics of underground credit markets and personalized credit relationships, demonstrating how the practice of ukumashonisa by neighbourhood lenders are embedded in social fields (...)
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    We Owe Ourselves to Debt: Classical Greece, Athens in Crisis, and the Body as Battlefield.Dimitris Plantzos - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (3):469-492.
    Since 2009, Greece has been hit by a severe economic recession followed by harsh austerity policies, gradual impoverishment, and ultimately social collapse. This article investigates the cultural landscape of the so-called ‘Greek crisis’, focusing on Athens, the nation’s capital, and the ways the crisis discourse employs biopolitical technologies of dispossession and displacement in order to generate an intensified breed of body-politics. The article’s main case study is documenta 14, a blockbuster exhibition of contemporary art organized in Athens in 2017, seemingly (...)
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    Umwelt-Measures. On Extensive and Intensive Measures: Introduction to the Special Issue ‘Theorising Measures, Rankings and Metrics’.Andrea Mubi Brighenti - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (2):224-237.
    In modern science, we usually associate value with a numerical determination – such as, for instance, the value of the Planck constant. However, once we examine value as a co-original facet of measure, we are led to distinguish – with Spinoza – what we could call the natura naturans of measure from what we understand by measurement as its natura naturata. First, I discuss the tensions and the connections between the extensive side of measures and their intensive side to provide (...)
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    On the Connection Between Agent-Based Simulation and Methodological Individualism.Francesco Di Iorio & Shu-Heng Chen - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (2):354-376.
    This paper investigates the relationship between methodological individualism and agent-based simulation. We use a thesis defended by Caterina Marchionni and Petri Ylikoski as the starting point of our approach. According to this thesis, since MI is often considered to be a reductionist orientation, it is confusing and meaningless to assume that ABS, which is a non-reductionist and emergentist explanatory model, is committed to MI. We criticise this view and focus on the problem of the proper definition of MI. We explain (...)
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    When Reactivity Fails: The Limited Effects of Hospital Rankings.Christopher Dorn - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (2):327-353.
    Recent research has advanced the idea that modern society is replete with numerous measuring activities that evaluate the performance of individuals and organisations. Both the research and the application of such measures suggest that the scrutinised actors will internalise the expectations associated with these measures and adjust their behaviour accordingly. Usually these expectations involve both technical and moral demands aimed at improving the evaluated activities so as to make them more beneficial, efficient, and transparent for the consumer and society in (...)
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    Ethical Dimensions of Quantification.Wendy Espeland & Vincent Yung - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (2):238-260.
    The ethical dimensions of quantification are seldom analysed. We examine three ethical features that are characteristic of quantification – its capacity to express or mediate power, focus attention, and shape opportunity structures. We do so in the context of three recent examples of new types of quantification : university rankings, the racial classification of Asians in the US, and facial recognition algorithms. Our examples highlight the importance of understanding the varied and complex ways that quantification creates and organizes social relations, (...)
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    Evaluations as Value-Measurement Links: Exploring Metrics and Meanings in Science.Felicitas Hesselmann & Cornelia Schendzielorz - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (2):282-300.
    This contribution seeks to provide a more detailed insight into the entanglement of value and measurement. Drawing on insights from semiotics and a Bourdieusian perspective on language as an economy of linguistic exchange, we develop the theoretical concept of value-measurement links and distinguish three processes – operationalisation, nomination, and indetermination – as forms in which these links can be constructed. We illustrate these three processes using valuation practices in science, particularly the journal impact factor, as an empirical object of investigation. (...)
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    The Role of Measurement in Theorising About the World.Nicole Holzhauser & Frank Eggert - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (2):301-326.
    The procedure of establishing a measure of an attribute consists of the assignment of numbers to objects whose attributes show some variability according to rules. These rules are chosen so that the assigned numbers contain some ‘information’ about the differing variants of the attribute. In the article, we discuss a heuristic, a scaling, and a representational approach. Within the heuristic approach, rules can be based on a verbal argument heuristically linking the variability in the attribute to differences in the measurements. (...)
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    Measurements and Their Limits.David Jaclin & Peter Wagner - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (2):221-223.
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    Commensuration, Compromises and Critical Capacities: Wage Determination in Collective Firms.Nina Pohler - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (2):261-281.
    This article analyses pay determination as a process of commensuration as well as a process in which commensuration can fail. The analysis is based on an empirical study of two collective firms in Germany and the United Kingdom and their attempts to self-determine fair pay. Due to the formal equality of members and their democratic decision-making processes, these cases are a specifically interesting context for studying the determination of pay. Through the analysis of a failed attempt at finding a formula (...)
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    Throbbing Crowds: Of Dancing Grannies and Acoustic Milieus in Contemporary China.Jing Wang - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (2):377-389.
    Drawing from ancient Chinese acoustic thinking and contemporary Western philosophy, this article re-interprets ‘the throbbing crowd’ once described by Elias Canetti. Through the philosophy of qi that defines things as correlative, changing and responsive, I try to suggest that the acoustic milieu generated by groups like Chinese dancing grannies that emerged in late 1990s when the nationwide movement of laid-off workers took place, should not be reduced to a background sound. Instead, an acoustic milieu is produced by and at the (...)
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    Sharing Norms and Adapting Habits. The Eating Practices of Immigrants and Immigrants’ Children From Malian and Moroccan Origins in France.Natacha Calandre & Evelyne Ribert - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (1):141-192.
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    Conceptualizing the Human Body Within Practice Theory.Dimitri Ginev - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (1):121-140.
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    Scientific Facts and Oral Traditions in Oldupai Gorge, Tanzania: Symmetrically Analysing Palaeoanthropological and Maasai Black Boxes.Patrick Lee, Samson Koromo, Julio Mercader & Charles Mather - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (1):57-83.
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    ‘Anything but Heavy Meal’ – Culinary Dislikes and Patterned Intolerance Among the Young Urban Finns.Taru Lindblom & Pekka Mustonen - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (1):193-218.
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    Reading Agamben Backwards: Syrian Refugees, Biopolitics and Sovereignty in Turkey.Hakan Övünç Ongur & Hüseyin Zengin - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (1):103-120.
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    Mapping Mozambican People’s Views on Corruption Amnesty Laws.Germano Vera Cruz & Etienne Mullet - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (1):84-102.
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    A Neglected Gap in the Weber Thesis? The Long Economic Lag of Capitalism From Protestantism.Milan Zafirovski - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (1):3-56.
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