Measures and Their Countermeasures: Reflexivity and Second-Order Reactivity in Quantifying Immigrant Integration

Petzke M (2020)
Sociological Forum.

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Abstract / Bemerkung
Sociology is inherently reflexive. It deals with actors who themselves are constantly engaged in sociological reasoning. Concepts from academic sociology are thus prone to enter and affect the very dynamics they describe. The sociology of quantification is particularly attuned to such paradoxical effects of "reactivity," that is, measurements and categories altering observed realities. The article builds on these insights but extends them by adding one more iteration of reflexivity. Examining administrative integration departments in Germany that have implemented statistical indicators for measuring immigrant incorporation, it attends to a case where bureaucrats are themselves anticipating "reactivity" of the measurements they use. Integration officers fear that integration indicators may inadvertently reify and stigmatize the statistical category of first- to third-generation immigrants, or "persons with a migration background." Consequently, they engage in various counterstrategies to offset such effects. Most notably, they launch a counter-campaign against negative connotations of migration background that their own measurements are reinforcing as they frame migration background as an asset for society. The article argues that this is an example of second-order reactivity, a phenomenon as yet neglected in the literature: Officers alter reality in reaction to an anticipated reactivity of their own integration statistics.
Stichworte
immigration; policy; quantification; reactivity; reflexivity; state; bureaucracies
Erscheinungsjahr
2020
Zeitschriftentitel
Sociological Forum
ISSN
0884-8971
eISSN
1573-7861
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2949197

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Petzke M. Measures and Their Countermeasures: Reflexivity and Second-Order Reactivity in Quantifying Immigrant Integration. Sociological Forum. 2020.
Petzke, M. (2020). Measures and Their Countermeasures: Reflexivity and Second-Order Reactivity in Quantifying Immigrant Integration. Sociological Forum. doi:10.1111/socf.12668
Petzke, M. (2020). Measures and Their Countermeasures: Reflexivity and Second-Order Reactivity in Quantifying Immigrant Integration. Sociological Forum.
Petzke, M., 2020. Measures and Their Countermeasures: Reflexivity and Second-Order Reactivity in Quantifying Immigrant Integration. Sociological Forum.
M. Petzke, “Measures and Their Countermeasures: Reflexivity and Second-Order Reactivity in Quantifying Immigrant Integration”, Sociological Forum, 2020.
Petzke, M.: Measures and Their Countermeasures: Reflexivity and Second-Order Reactivity in Quantifying Immigrant Integration. Sociological Forum. (2020).
Petzke, Martin. “Measures and Their Countermeasures: Reflexivity and Second-Order Reactivity in Quantifying Immigrant Integration”. Sociological Forum (2020).

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