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, fascinating numbers are usually utilized in coverage debates and media reporting: "At least 200,000-250,000 humans died within the warfare in Bosnia." "There are 3 million baby squaddies in Africa." "More than 650,000 civilians were killed because of the U.S. career of Iraq." "Between 600,000 and 800,000 girls are trafficked throughout borders each year." "Money laundering represents up to 10 percentage of world 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 persevered use and abuse mirror a far greater and troubling development: policymakers and the media naively or intentionally settle for hugely politicized and questionable statistical claims approximately actions which are tremendous tough to degree. therefore, we too usually turn into trapped through those legendary numbers, with perverse and counterproductive consequences.

This challenge exists in myriad coverage nation-states. however it is very reported in statistics 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 significance of the illicit international alternate in medicines and people, etc. In Sex, medications, and physique Counts, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and coverage analysts severely research the murky origins of a few of those records and hint their awesome proliferation. in addition they determine the normal metrics used to guage coverage effectiveness in struggling with difficulties resembling terrorist financing, intercourse trafficking, and the drug trade.

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

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