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Chapter 31

SOC 7108 Chapter 31: SOC 7108 - Chapter 31


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC 7108
Professor
Loes Knaapen
Chapter
31

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SOC 7108
CHAPTER 31
METRICS OF THE GLOBAL SOVEREIGN
The idea of creating universal standards of measurement was perceived as standards of
measurement rather than a practical solution to the needs of trade and currency exchange that
threatened the colonial enterprises at the time. Universal standards required new ways of
thinking about objectivity, similarly around the same time as the birth of statistics. The creation
of the systems of counting in relation to standardized measurements led to a set of practical
tools for colonial rule in order to ensure a smooth transition from mercantilism to direct and
indirect systems of governance. This made metrics a great project as they offered shared
conversations, base evaluation comparisons for stabilizing truth around the world. It was a new
method stabilizing the chaos produced from colonialism. However, in order to be universal, the
standards had to enforced upon the entire world.
From Colonial to Postwar Global Health
Universal standards of measurement were reinvented by economics and politicians thus
being formed into the architectures of debt and finance transforming previous colonies into
recipients for developmental aid. The colonial poor have been taught to perceive themselves as
needy, targets of intervention and now as data producing entrepreneur global citizens. These
individuals were always needing more, and third world debt economies had always relied on
these displacements and the endless effort to try and solve the problem of neediness that is
still ongoing. Governments have been remade to accommodate this issue. When established
into WHO, the goal to implement the policies and how to count success/failure is something
that had to be done through the ministry, statistics and politics nationally. Thus, while they
offered an antidote to colonialism they helped secure its operations simultaneously as time
progressed. Debt and subjectivity are deeply embedded in metrics. There is the debate
regarding how policies are blamed for the lack of progress among international health but it is
hard to determine exactly what policies are to blame. Many appear to say that economics are
the core and central solution to healthcare.
Global health requires something that will change politics all together and this solution
is better metrics, to talk about evidence rather than politics. Metrics are assumed to be value
neutral and politically unbiased in terms of talking about healthcare problems and potential
solutions. The goal here was to find a metric that can serve as a universal standard.
Measuring Life, Getting to Global Health
Similar to what Bill Gates indicated, getting better global health is similar to the analogy
of building a steam engine, the challenge is to build the right kind of instrument for measuring
things. To solve inequality among health, the goal is to use science and technology. One metric
to do it all. By utilizing better metrics, global health hopes that it will settle political debates and
focus on what actually matters overall: health. It will further help stop wasting money on
interventions that are not successful and give more finances towards those that are efficient.
Global health today is a platform that brings together the public and private sector through
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