The Mangle in Practice: Science, Society, and Becoming

The Mangle in Practice: Science, Society, and Becoming

by Andrew Pickering
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822343517

ISBN-13: 9780822343516

Pub. Date: 01/14/2009

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In The Mangle of Practice (1995), the renowned sociologist of science Andrew Pickering argued for a reconceptualization of research practice as a "mangle," an open-ended, evolutionary, and performative interplay of human and non-human agency. While Pickering's ideas originated in science and technology studies, this collection aims to extend the mangle's reach by…  See more details below

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In The Mangle of Practice (1995), the renowned sociologist of science Andrew Pickering argued for a reconceptualization of research practice as a "mangle," an open-ended, evolutionary, and performative interplay of human and non-human agency. While Pickering's ideas originated in science and technology studies, this collection aims to extend the mangle's reach by exploring its application across a wide range of fields including history, philosophy, sociology, geography, environmental studies, literary theory, biophysics, and software engineering. As Pickering argues in the preface, the mangle points to a shift in interpretive sensibilities that makes visible a world of de-centered becoming. This volume demonstrates the viability, coherence, and promise of such a shift, not only in science and technology studies, but in the social sciences and humanities more generally.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822343516
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/14/2009
Series:
Science and Cultural Theory
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface ANDREW PICKERING....................VII New Ontologies ANDREW PICKERING....................1
A Choreography of Fire: A Posthumanist Account of Australians and Eucalypts ADRIAN FRANKLIN....................17
Crate and Mangle: Questions of Agency in Confinement Livestock Facilities DAWN COPPIN....................46
Soul Collectors: A Meditation on Arresting Domestic Violence KEITH GUZIK....................67
Resisting and Accommodating Thomas Sargent: Putting Rational Expectations Economics through the Mangle of Practice ESTHER-MIRJAM SENT....................92
The Mangle of Practice and the Practice of Chinese Medicine: A Case Study from Nineteenth-Century China VOLKER SCHEID....................110
Marup Church and the Politics of Hybridization: On Choice and Becoming CASPER BRUUN JENSEN AND RANDI MARKUSSEN....................129
Going with the Flow: Living the Mangle through Environmental Management Practice LISA ASPLEN....................163
A Manglish Way of Working: Agile Software Development BRIAN MARICK....................185
The Docile Body of the Scientist YIANNIS KOUTALOS....................202
The Mangle of Practice or the Empire of Signs: Toward a Dialogue between Science Studies and Soviet Semiotics MAXIM WALDSTEIN....................221
Ontological Dance: A Dialogue between Heidegger and Pickering CAROL J. STEINER....................243
References....................267
About the Contributors....................293
Index....................297

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