By Lawrence Busch

Standards are the potential wherein we build realities. There are verified criteria for pro accreditation, the surroundings, customer items, animal welfare, the suitable pressure for street bridges, healthcare, schooling -- for nearly every little thing. we're surrounded by means of an unlimited array of criteria, lots of which we take without any consideration yet every one of which has been and remains to be the topic of extreme negotiation. during this publication, Lawrence Busch investigates criteria as "recipes for reality." criteria, he argues, form not just the actual international round us but additionally our social lives or even our selves.

Busch exhibits how criteria are in detail attached to strength -- that they generally serve to empower a few and disempower others. He outlines the background of formal criteria and describes how glossy technology got here to be linked to the moral-technical venture of standardization of either humans and issues. Busch indicates guidance for constructing reasonable, equitable, and powerful criteria. Taking a uniquely built-in and accomplished view of the topic, Busch exhibits how criteria for individuals and issues are inextricably associated, how criteria are consistently layered (even if frequently addressed serially), and the way criteria are concurrently technical, social, ethical, felony, and ontological devices.

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