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Data in Society: Challenging Statistics in an Age of Globalisation

Jeff Evans, Sally Ruane, and Humphrey Southall


Statistical data and evidence-based claims are increasingly central to our everyday lives. Critically examining ‘Big Data’, this book charts the recent explosion in sources of data, including those precipitated by global developments and technological change. It sets out changes and controversies related to data harvesting and construction, dissemination and data analytics by a range of private, governmental and social organisations in multiple settings. Analysing the power of data to shape political debate, the presentation of ideas to us by the media, and issues surrounding data ownership an ... More

Keywords: Big data, data linkage, administrative data, data anonymization, data protection, Social media, social network, Facebook, Twitter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447348214
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447348214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff Evans, editor
Middlesex University

Sally Ruane, editor
De Montfort University

Humphrey Southall, editor
University of Portsmouth

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General introduction

Humphrey Southall, Jeff Evans and Sally Ruane

2 The creation and use of big administrative data

Harvey Goldstein and Ruth Gilbert

3 Data analytics

Ifan Shepherd and Gary Hearne

4 Social media data

Adrian Tear and Humphrey Southall

7 Counting the population in need of international protection globally

Brad K. Blitz, Alessio D’Angelo and Eleonore Kofman

11 Welfare reform: national policies with local impacts

Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill

19 Health divides


26 The quantitative crisis in UK sociology

Malcolm Williams, Luke Sloan and Charlotte Brookfield

27 Critical statistical literacy and interactive data visualisations

Jim Ridgway, James Nicholson, Sinclair Sutherland and Spencer Hedger

28 Full Fact

Amy Sippitt

Epilogue: progressive ways ahead

Jeff Evans, Humphrey Southall and Sally Ruane

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