Silverstein Article on Turkish Agricultural Reform in American Ethnologist

Associate Professor Brian Silverstein’s article, “Commensuration, Performativity, and the Reform of Statistics in Turkey,” was recently published in American Ethnologist, 45(3), 2018; DOI: 10.1111/amet.12668. Changing the way in which statistics are compiled and then used can have effects on the things the statistics are about. One of the important ways in which Turkish agriculture and, hence, rural livelihoods are changing is through changes in the way agriculture is known and understood through the statistics collected about it. It is often through seemingly “technical” adjustments to administrative instruments that livelihoods, lifestyles and worldviews are transformed, according to Dr. Silverstein. Read the abstract now.