By Anders Blok, Torben Elgaard Jensen
French sociologist and thinker, Bruno Latour, is likely one of the most vital and inventive thinkers of the final a long time. Bruno Latour: Hybrid options in a Hybrid international is the 1st accomplished and obtainable English-language creation to this multi-faceted paintings.
The booklet makes a speciality of center Latourian themes:
• contribution to technological know-how stories (STS – technological know-how, expertise & Society)
• philosophical method of the increase and fall of modernity
• cutting edge innovations on politics, nature, and ecology
•contribution to the department of sociology referred to as ANT – Actor-Network Theory.
With ANT, Latour has pioneered an method of socio-cultural research outfitted at the proposal that social existence arises in complicated networks of actants – humans, issues, rules, norms, applied sciences, and so forth – influencing one another in dynamic methods. This publication explores how Latour is helping us make experience of the altering interrelations of technological know-how, know-how, society, nature, and politics past modernity.
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The bioassay is not merely a means to obtaining some independently given entity: the bioassay constitutes the construction of the substance. ( . . ) It is not simply that phenomena depend on certain material instrumentation; rather, the phenomena are thoroughly constituted by the material setting of the laboratory. The artiﬁcial reality, which participants describe in terms of an objective entity, has in fact been constructed by the use of inscription devices. ( . . ) It follows that if [we] were to imagine the removal of certain items of equipment from the laboratory, this would entail the removal of at least one object of reality from discussion.
In Latour’s translation model, the explanation is quite obvious: Facts are only realized and distributed because increasing numbers of actors become interested and involved in stable alliances. This takes time. By contrast, proponents of diﬀusion theory need to explain what has obstructed the otherwise natural process, whereby “good” ideas spread through their own force.
On this point, we instead want to insist that Latour remains ﬁrst and foremost an “anti-epistemologist”! D. student at the London School of Economics, whose encounter with ANT turns out to be a disappointing and frustrating experience. The student has conducted extensive empirical inquiries into the management structures and communication channels of a major British company. Now, all he needs is a theoretical framework capable of explaining his empirical observations. ” The company he is studying is absolutely full of networks – money, computer chips, standards, corporate boardrooms .
Bruno Latour: Hybrid Thoughts in a Hybrid World (Key Sociologists) by Anders Blok, Torben Elgaard Jensen