By Anders Blok, Torben Elgaard Jensen
French sociologist and thinker, Bruno Latour, is among the most important and inventive thinkers of the final many years. Bruno Latour: Hybrid recommendations in a Hybrid global is the 1st entire and obtainable English-language advent to this multi-faceted paintings.
The booklet makes a speciality of center Latourian themes:
• contribution to technological know-how reviews (STS – technology, expertise & Society)
• philosophical method of the increase and fall of modernity
• leading edge techniques 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 equipped at the proposal that social lifestyles arises in advanced networks of actants – humans, issues, principles, norms, applied sciences, etc – influencing one another in dynamic methods. This e-book explores how Latour is helping us make feel of the altering interrelations of technology, know-how, society, nature, and politics past modernity.
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We will not expand on the entire catalogue here,4 but simply point attention to the most advanced strategy, which Latour calls the machination of forces. “Machination” here carries two connotations: One is to turn something into a machine-like device; and the other is to create a clever and cunning combination of otherwise divergent actors. This strategy further extends the initiatives employed by fact-builders to get collaborators interested in a project. When attempting this feat, there is always a risk that interest will disappear, and that participants will go oﬀ in diﬀerent directions.
Given the fact that Latour is still a proliﬁc writer at the time of this introductory book’s release, the provisional nature of such designations, however, should be obvious. Moreover, we consider the diﬀerent professional identities as partially concurrent and overlapping, rather than as clearly distinct from each other in time or substance. The identities highlight diﬀerent tones, thematic points of reference and central domains of discussion – they are ﬂuid transitions rather than deﬁnitive shifts.
However, what we discuss (in Chapter 2) in terms of Latour’s anthropology of science is, in many respects, identical to the “core” of the original formulations of this theory. Except, of course, that ANT was and is a collaborative project, which means that our rather one-sided focus on Latour’s contribution may come across as an underestimation of the constitutive eﬀorts of Michael Callon, John Law and others (although this is certainly not our intention). In more positive terms, however, we might also argue that there are good reasons for omitting a full review of ANT in this introductory book: By focusing explicitly on Latour’s anthropology of science, we avoid creating the misleading suggestion that his version of ANT should be the only version, or indeed the only valid version, that exists.
Bruno Latour: Hybrid Thoughts in a Hybrid World (Key Sociologists) by Anders Blok, Torben Elgaard Jensen