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The Ontological Turn

Taking Different Worlds Seriously

Andrew Pickering

nonhuman world we all inhabit. There’s nothing very disturbing there after all. But in the twenty-first century, the social constructivist consensus has broken down, and both anthropology and science and technology studies (STS) have taken an ontological

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Environmental Expertise as Group Belonging

Environmental Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

Rolf Lidskog and Göran Sundqvist

sociology: the treadmill of production, risk society, and ecological modernization. We conclude that these theories are not clear about either what expertise is or how to balance scientism and powerism. Therefore, we turn to science and technology studies

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Ocean Thinking

The Work of Ocean Sciences, Scientists, and Technologies in Producing the Sea as Space

Susannah Crockford

ocean sciences to human knowledge about Earth. In bringing together work on oceanography in science and technology studies with the sociology and anthropology of ocean sciences, this review article draws into view the ways in which science is implicated

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Pollution, Health, and Disaster

Emerging Contributions in Ethnographic Research

Alexa S. Dietrich

, adjacent to science and technology studies (STS) and until recently relatively unfamiliar to disaster anthropologists. While anthropologists have studied environmental crises in specific contexts for as long as the discipline has existed ( Oliver

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Ontological Opportunism

Reanimating the Inanimate in Physics and Science Communication at CERN

Anne Dippel

science and technology studies ( Jones 2017 ; Latour 1993 , 2017; Nader 1996 ; Stengers 2012 ). However, this claim has not been empirically analysed. Specifically, how and why concepts of animatedness seem so important to many physicists at the

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Unbuilt and Unfinished

The Temporalities of Infrastructure

Ashley Carse and David Kneas

place ( Peyton 2017 ; Yarrow 2017 ). Science and technology studies (STS) scholars reimagine technological failure and success ( Latour 1996 ; Rankin 2017 ). Historians reconsider historiographical assumptions and interpretive norms ( Keiner

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The Power of Fire in Transforming the Blue Ridge Mountain Ecoregion

Cynthia Twyford Fowler

sexist, racist, and violent forms of mid-twentieth-century sociobiology. Since that time, other scholars have revived and repurposed the term. Notable recent adoptions of “biosocial” come from science and technology studies (STS) and global health

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Raw Data

Making Relations Matter

Antonia Walford

of contemporary work in anthropology and science and technology studies (STS) ( Haraway 1991 ; Latour 1993 , 1999 ; Viveiros de Castro 1998 , 2004 ). But this observation has other related and equally kaleidoscopic effects, one of which I will

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Following a Deep-Sea Channel

Sensory Landscape and Experiential Knowledge in Science-Making on a Research Vessel

Ramona Haegele

science and technology studies (STS) and new materialism as lenses, as well as socio-material entanglements in knowledge production processes. Methodologically, the study employs ethnographic fieldwork including participant observation, field notes, photo

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Mayfair Yang

Mayfair Yang, Peter van der Veer, François Gauthier, Prasenjit Duara, and Susan Brownell

. My PhD advisers were Jack Potter, a cultural Marxist who had done fieldwork on peasants in rural Hong Kong and Guangdong Province in China; Paul Rabinow, a philosophical anthropologist and early science and technology studies scholar who hosted Michel