Complexities: Social Studies of Knowledge Practices

Complexities Social Studies of Knowledge Practices 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 its

  • Title: Complexities: Social Studies of Knowledge Practices
  • Author: John Law
  • ISBN: 9780822328469
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 toAlthough 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 Th venot, Charis Thompson

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    1. „No one would deny that the world is complex, that it escapes simplicities. But what is complexity, and how might it be attended to? How might complexities be handled in knowledge practices, non reductively, but without at the same time generating ever more complexities until we submerge in chaos? And then again, is the contrast between simplicity and complexity itself too simple a dichotomy? These are the questions explored in this book.”Indeed, nowadays the critique of simplification is so [...]

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