Numbers in Global Politics; Gay Rights and Religion in Belfast
The power of 'numbers' in global politics: Laurie Taylor talks to the economist, Lorenzo Fioramonti, about the hidden agendas which may underpin the use of statistics, affecting the way we deal with poverty and sustainability. Numbers are at the heart of debates on the GDP which drives our economies and the credit ratings which steer financial markets. But what is behind these numbers?
Also, pride and prejudice in Northern Ireland: The social anthropologist, Jennifer Curtis, discusses her research with Belfast's LGBT Pride Festival to explore religious groups' increasing support for gay rights since 2008. She's joined by Andrew McKinnon, an expert on the sociology of religion.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.
Jean Monnet Chair in Regional Integration and Governance Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Find out more about Lorenzo Fioramonti
How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics
Publisher: Zed Books
Honorary Fellow in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University
Find out more about Dr Jennifer Curtis
Abstract: Pride and prejudice: gay rights and religious moderation in Belfast
The Sociological Review
Volume 61, Issue Supplement S2, pages 141–159, December 2013
Senior Lecturer, in the School of Social Science, University of Aberdeen
Find out more about Dr Andrew Mckinnon
Abstract: Elementary Forms of the Metaphorical Life: Tropes at Work in Durkheim’s Theory of the Religious
Journal of Classical Sociology July 18, 2013
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