ISBN-10:
0802088392
ISBN-13:
9780802088390
Pub. Date:
10/28/2004
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Deflating Information: From Science Studies to Documentation / Edition 2

Deflating Information: From Science Studies to Documentation / Edition 2

by Bernd Frohmann

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Overview

Is disseminating information the main purpose of scholarly scientific literature? Recent work in science studies signals a shift of emphasis from conceptual to material sources, from thinking to doing, and from representing the world to intervening in it. Scientific knowledge production is no longer seen as a process of seeking, collecting, organizing, and processing abstract elements, but instead one of assembling the many different material 'bits and pieces' of scientific culture in order to make things work.

In Deflating Information, Bernd Frohmann draws on recent work in the social studies of science, finding the most significant material in the coordination of research work, the stabilization of matters of fact, and the manufacture of objectivity. Arguing for a 'deflationary' account of information, Frohmann challenges the central concept of information studies, thereby laying a foundation for a documentalist approach to emerging issues in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802088390
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Bernd Frohmann is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.

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