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Robert Chambers on Standardization

Source: Affordable Housing Institute

“The methods of modern science then serve to simplify and reframe reality in standard categories. ... Those who manipulate these units are empowered and the subject of analysis is disempowered: counting promotes the counter and demotes the counted. Top-down, centre-outwards patterns are then self-reinforcing through rewards, status and power.”

— Robert Chambers in Whose Reality Counts: Putting the First Last, 1997

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