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La Science en action

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Science and technology have immense authority and influence in our society, yet their working remains little understood. The conventional perception of science in Western societies has been modified in recent years by the work of philosophers, sociologists and historians of science. In this book Bruno Latour brings together these different approaches to provide a lively ...more
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Published January 19th 2007 by Découverte (La) * (first published 1987)
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Joichi Ito
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
One of my favorite books.

It approaches the process of the progress of science and the development of "facts" from the human and social perspective. Latour starts out the book by chronicling the discovery of DNA and the development of the Eclipse MV/8000 computer. He shows how "facts" are black boxes that become fact through a process of competition that involves building networks of references until people start to refer to your theory as a fact and use it to build their facts. In fact, black
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Melissa
Jun 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: socialsciences
An intriguing concept that for some people is tantamount to sacrilege: the social construction of science. Latour's take on the sociology of science is a topic that is controversial to even teach in some universities due to the unpopular idea that science is no more above social influence than anything else. Latour challenges the Baconian method of teaching science, asserting that nothing in science, even the "black boxes," are as pure and clear cut as we are led to believe. Latour uses many ...more
Данило Судин
Книга Бруно Латура не є звичайною працею з соціології науки. Та й до соціології науки її цілком не зарахувати. Чимось вона нагадує Społeczne tworzenie rzeczywistości: Traktat z socjologii wiedzy П.Бергера та Т.Лукмана: наче й про соціологію знання, але більше - про соціальну реальність як таку. Так само і праця Б.Латура.

1. Чому ця праця не є звичайною роботою з соціології знання чи науки. Як не дивно, але більше про це Б.Латур пише в своїй книзі Nigdy nie byliśmy nowocześni. Studium z
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Gergely
Mar 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A seminal work on the way in which scientists construct facts. Latour develops an account of a complex process that entangles the personal and political investments of the scientist, interactions among other (often competing) scientists, the influence of funding agencies and other institutions, the intellectual convictions of the scientist, and the technical dance between the scientist and the apparatus from which scientific findings must emerge.

This last interaction is the focus of Latour's
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Theresa Sl
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
First off, this book is written very well in a creative sense, a skill that is often lacking in academic texts. Latour writes with wit and poses interesting anecdotes, keeping the reader very engaged while retaining a rigid structure guided by the methods and principles of Science in Action.

Latour shows that truth and Nature are not absolute, as they need a representant in our social world. This representation is science and fact, for which Latour through the multiple social processes that
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Michael Burnam-Fink
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academic, sts, 2012
Science in Action is one of the most influential books in STS, and for good reason. Actor Network Theory as laid out here is a powerful description of how scientists make claims about reality, using technical rhetoric to shift claims between 'true' facts and 'falsified' artefacts. Latour moves smoothly from the level of the scientific paper, to researchers, labs, disciplines, and the immense network of technoscience that girdles and organizes the world. Rarely is a theory so useful at every ...more
Julio César
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Latour's book is a full research program in its own style. His chain of thoughts is so well developed that you don't feel lost at any point of an absolutely magnificent journey. It can be a little dense, though, specially for people who are not familiarised with the "hard sciences" vocabulary. A modern classic which every reader interested in science and the manufacture of knowledge should read.
Dave Peticolas
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A comprehensive analysis of science and technology as they are practiced and a guide for further research. Latour's thesis, well-defended, is that science consists of evolving networks of marshalled resources including not only publications and laboratory research, but also whole societies, cultures, and bureaucracies.

André Holanda
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Análise da Ciência no seu processo de construção dos fatos científicos a partir de experimentos, erroneamente considerado como a-realista, na verdade a perspectiva de Latour é realista E "construtivista".
Nick Mather
In many ways the successor to Thomas Kuhn's work, Latour demonstrates how science actually works and how scientific facts are largely a community contruction, challenging the notion of a detached, value free science.
Jean
Dec 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my brief foray into the culture of science, this was the least obtuse book on this subject. (and i enjoyed it, too)
Morgan
Dec 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really excellent illustrations- seriously, and an engaging use of examples/stories to outline Latour's methods for studying science before it is blackboxed.
Prem Sylvester
Following from the foundations laid down in Laboratory Life, Latour expounds on 'technoscience,' a collapse of traditional boundaries of science, technology and society into a network of actants who(/which) strengthen or weaken the claims to the validity of knowledge and facts. Latour contends we cannot think of (scientific) knowledge as 'Nature' or independent of its presentation by scientists (even as they claim it to be objective truth). The principles and rules of method offer a succint ...more
Sharad Pandian
Along with David Bloor's Knowledge and Social Imagery, this is an excellent, non-technical resource to help demystify the common conception of science.
Mitchell
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really delightful way that presented an extremely unique and useful way to think about science/the production of knowledge. But getting *that* constructivist with things does kind of make my head hurt.
Lobo
Ciąg dalszy przygody z ANT i autorstwem zbiorowym.
Karpur Shukla
Mar 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Perhaps some day Prof. Latour will 1.) understand the difference between the philosophy of science and the sociology of science departments, and 2.) be able to construct a sociology report that could get at least a passing grade in an introductory sociology course. Unfortunately, neither of these came before he finished writing this book.
Robert
Sep 15, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
trying to do some of this Bruno Latour SSS/STS ("social studies of science", or "Science and Technology Studies") stuff. I actually like "We Have Never Been Modern" quite a bit, so I'll have to put this one away for a rainy day.
Gwilym
Sep 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
wasn't sure what I'd think about this one, and still not very sure. He's a talented writer, but it seems a bit 'discursive' at times. Perhaps a little bit dated now? But more up to date than Kuhn and Popper I'd say.
Michael
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His programmatic statements pale in comparison to his empirical work. Latour should never have written this book. It isn't bad, but now everyone cites it when they need "Latour" and avoids his more daring and rewarding work.
Jessica Zu
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a master piece!
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Bruno Latour, a philosopher and anthropologist, is the author of Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network Theory, Our Modern Cult of the Factish Gods, An Inquiry into Modes of Existence, and many other books. He curated the ZKM exhibits ICONOCLASH and Making Things Public and coedited the accompanying catalogs, both published by the MIT Press.