By Anders Blok, Torben Elgaard Jensen
French sociologist and thinker, Bruno Latour, is among the most important and inventive thinkers of the final a long time. Bruno Latour: Hybrid ideas in a Hybrid global is the 1st entire and obtainable English-language advent to this multi-faceted paintings.
The e-book makes a speciality of middle Latourian themes:
• contribution to technological know-how reviews (STS – technological know-how, expertise & Society)
• philosophical method of the increase and fall of modernity
• leading edge suggestions 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 inspiration that social existence arises in advanced networks of actants – humans, issues, principles, 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 technology, know-how, society, nature, and politics past modernity.
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In line with such self-designations, we dedicate each of the following four chapters to a particular professional-identity label, by which Latour has come to “ﬁlter” (so to speak) his engagement in shifting academic debates. ” Each of these identities – which, to reiterate, is our own (re-) construction of Latour’s work – represents a deliberate blend; part academic discipline, and part thematic marker. 17 What we said in the earlier section on Latour’s academic biography already suggests important reasons as to why these exact four academic disciplines should take center stage, and also how Latour’s respective works may be grouped within such a grid of disciplines and themes.
Latour comments that, at this point, the chain of elements associated with the original idea becomes shorter rather than longer. The machine becomes progressively less real. In time, this chain of elements increases once again: The engineers at MAN continue to develop the machine single-handedly; as Diesel’s patent expires, MAN decides to market the machine. Starting from around 1912, the machine begins to be stabilized, distributed and installed in industrial sites throughout the world. However, the question is: What exactly is being distributed?
But if facts are not ideas, then what are they? What do they consist of ? Latour’s response is quite surprising. First, imagine a state of disorder. Then imagine that certain actors – let us call them scientists – mobilize a variety of resources and materials that gradually allow them to establish, register and repeat a number of orderly patterns. Finally, imagine that such locally constructed orders are distributed and stabilized in other contexts, through the active participation of numerous actors and tools.