Complexities: Social Studies of Knowledge Practices

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Duke University Press, 10 июн. 2002 г. - Всего страниц: 295
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Although much recent social science and humanities work has been a revolt against simplification, this volume explores the contrast between simplicity and complexity to reveal that this dichotomy, itself, is too simplistic. John Law and Annemarie Mol have gathered a distinguished panel of contributors to offer—particularly within the field of science studies—approaches to a theory of complexity, and at the same time a theoretical introduction to the topic. Indeed, they examine not only ways of relating to complexity but complexity in practice.
Individual essays study complexity from a variety of perspectives, addressing market behavior, medical interventions, aeronautical design, the governing of supranational states, ecology, roadbuilding, meteorology, the science of complexity itself, and the psychology of childhood trauma. Other topics include complex wholes (holism) in the sciences, moral complexity in seemingly amoral endeavors, and issues relating to the protection of African elephants. With a focus on such concepts as multiplicity, partial connections, and ebbs and flows, the collection includes narratives from Kenya, Great Britain, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands, France, and the meetings of the European Commission, written by anthropologists, economists, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, and scholars of science, technology, and society.

Contributors. Andrew Barry, Steven D. Brown, Michel Callon, Chunglin Kwa, John Law, Nick Lee, Annemarie Mol, Marilyn Strathern, Laurent Thévenot, Charis Thompson
 

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An Introduction
1
Romantic and Baroque Conceptions of Complex Wholes in the Sciences
23
Which Road to Follow? The Moral Complexity of an Equipped Humanity
53
On Space and Depth
88
Complexity Formalism and Aircraft Design
116
In the Middle of the Network
142
Amboseli National Park Kenya
166
Writing and Rewriting Devices as Tools for Managing Complexity
191
Some Complexities Involved in Comparing
218
Childhood Trauma and Complexity
258

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John Law is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Science Studies at Lancaster University in England.

Annemarie Mol is Professor of Political Philosophy at Twente University in the Netherlands.

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