Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict

Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict

Kelly M. Greenhill


Big, interesting numbers are usually utilized in coverage debates and media reporting: "At least 200,000-250,000 humans died within the conflict in Bosnia." "There are 3 million baby squaddies in Africa." "More than 650,000 civilians were killed as a result of U.S. career of Iraq." "Between 600,000 and 800,000 ladies are trafficked throughout borders each year." "Money laundering represents up to 10 percentage of worldwide GDP." "Internet baby porn is a $20 billion-a-year industry."

Peter Andreas and Kelly M. Greenhill see just one challenge: those numbers are most likely fake. Their endured use and abuse replicate a miles greater and troubling development: policymakers and the media naively or intentionally settle for hugely politicized and questionable statistical claims approximately actions which are super tough to degree. accordingly, we too frequently turn into trapped by way of those legendary numbers, with perverse and counterproductive consequences.

This challenge exists in myriad coverage nation-states. however it is especially said in information concerning the politically charged geographical regions of world crime and conflict-numbers of individuals killed in massacres and through genocides, the scale of refugee flows, the value of the illicit worldwide exchange in medications and humans, etc. In Sex, medicines, and physique Counts, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and coverage analysts seriously study the murky origins of a few of those facts and hint their extraordinary proliferation. in addition they examine the traditional metrics used to judge coverage effectiveness in scuffling with difficulties corresponding to terrorist financing, intercourse trafficking, and the drug trade.

Contributors: Peter Andreas, Brown collage; Thomas J. Biersteker, Graduate Institute of foreign and improvement Studies-Geneva; Sue E. Eckert, Brown college; David A. Feingold, Ophidian examine Institute and UNESCO; H. Richard Friman, Marquette collage; Kelly M. Greenhill, Tufts collage and Harvard collage; John Hagan, Northwestern collage; Lara J. Nettelfield, Institut Barcelona D'Estudis Internacionals and Simon Fraser collage; Wenona Rymond-Richmond, college of Massachusetts Amherst; Winifred Tate, Colby university; Kay B. Warren, Brown University

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