The Mangle in Practice: Science, Society, and Becoming

The Mangle in Practice: Science, Society, and Becoming

by Andrew Pickering
     
 

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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

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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.

The Mangle in Practice opens with a fresh introduction to the mangle by Pickering. Several contributors then present empirical studies that demonstrate the mangle’s applicability to topics as diverse as pig farming, Chinese medicine, economic theory, and domestic-violence policing. Other contributors offer examples of the mangle in action: real-world practices that implement a self-consciously “mangle-ish” stance in environmental management and software development. Further essays discuss the mangle as philosophy and social theory. 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.

Contributors: Lisa Asplen, Dawn Coppin, Adrian Franklin, Keith Guzik, Casper Bruun Jensen,Yiannis Koutalos, Brian Marick, Randi Markussen, Andrew Pickering, Volker Scheid, Esther-Mirjam Sent, Carol Steiner, Maxim Waldstein

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

Preface / Andrew Pickering vii

New Ontologies / Andrew Pickering 1

Part One: Studies

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

Part Two: Reflexivity

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

Part Three: Theory

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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