The French movement of statactivism advocates for the mobilization of statistics in support to social movements and agendas .
The program of French statactivistts is to ‘fight against’ as well as ‘fight with’ numbers, using a variety of possible strategies :
- ‘Statistical judo’. This is a strategy of self-defence, whereby existing measures are ‘gamed’ as prescribed by the Goodhart’s law;
- Denouncing the inadequacy or bias or unfairness of existing indicators and measures, e.g. from official statistics of poverty or inequality ;
- Developing alternative indicators to substitute for those above ;
- Identifying social contexts and problems which are invisible to existing statistics
Statactivism’s intellectually belongs to the tradition of sociology of numbers . Following Alain Desrosières  and Theodore Porter , statactivists use statistics as a “tool of weakness”, which offer to the weak members of society the opportunity to act against their oppression by making injustice visible .
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- ^ Desrosières, The politics of large numbers : a history of statistical reasoning. Harvard University Press, 1998.
- ^ Didier, America by the numbers : quantification, democracy, and the birth of national statistics. MIT press, 2020.
- ^ Jump up to:ab c Desrosières, “Statistics and social critique,” Open J. Sociopolitical Stud., vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 348–359, 2014.
- ^ M. Porter, Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life. Princeton University Press, 1995.
- ^Society for the Social Studies of Quantification – SSSQ