The Mangle in Practice: Science, Society, and Becoming (Science and Cultural Theory)

The Mangle in Practice: Science, Society, and Becoming (Science and Cultural Theory)

By: Andrew Pickering (editor), Keith Guzik (editor)Paperback

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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

About Author

Andrew Pickering is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Exeter. He is the author of The Mangle of Practice: Time, Agency, and Science and Constructing Quarks: A Sociological History of Particle Physics and the editor of Science as Practice and Culture. Keith Guzik is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey.


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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  • ISBN13: 9780822343738
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780822343738
  • ISBN10: 0822343738

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