This coming week sees CRESC's annual conference, The Social Life of Methods, in Oxford, which looks set to be a great summit for all things culturally and epistemologically sociological. The programme is here.
A couple of friends and I have put together a panel on Thursday at 1.30pm, The State and Numbers, on different varieties of quantification and measurement enacted by governments. I'll be speaking about 'subjective wellbeing as commensuration device', that is, the entry of this psychological category into the discipline of economics, such that objects, assets, practices and distributions can be evaluated and compared in terms of their psychological effects.
The concept of 'commensuration' is one that I'm getting quite excited by. For anyone who is curious, check out the work of Wendy Espeland and this paper in particular. There is much to say on this, and at some point I'll be submitting the CRESC paper somewhere.
I will endeavour to report back in week or so.