Peopling Europe through Data Practices: Introduction to the Special Issue

Cakici, Baki; Ruppert, Evelyn and Scheel, Stephan. 2020. Peopling Europe through Data Practices: Introduction to the Special Issue. Science, Technology & Human Values, 45(2), pp. 199-211. ISSN 0162-2439 [Article]

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Politically, Europe has been unable to address itself to a constituted polity and people as more than an agglomeration of nation-states. From the resurgence of nationalisms to the crisis of the single currency and the unprecedented decision of a member state to leave the European Union (EU), core questions about the future of Europe have been rearticulated: Who are the people of Europe? Is there a European identity? What does it mean to say, “I am European?” Where does Europe begin and end? and Who can legitimately claim to be a part of a “European” people? The special issue (SI) seeks to contest dominant framings of the question “Who are the people of Europe?” as only a matter of government policies, electoral campaigns, or parliamentary debates. Instead, the contributions start from the assumption that answers to this question exist in data practices where people are addressed, framed, known, and governed as European. The central argument of this SI is that it is through data practices that the EU seeks to simultaneously constitute its population as a knowable, governable entity, and as a distinct form of peoplehood where common personhood is more important than differences.

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The research leading to this publication has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007–2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 615588. Principal Investigator, Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths, University of London.


data practices, Europe, enactment

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Sociology > Centre for Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) [2003-2015]


10 November 2019Accepted
27 December 2019Published Online
March 2020Published

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16 Jan 2020 09:54

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29 Apr 2020 17:24


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