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Complexities: Social Studies of Knowledge Practices

Law, John and Mol, Annemarie eds. (2002). Complexities: Social Studies of Knowledge Practices. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp. 116–141.

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Abstract

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 complexityin 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.

Item Type: Edited Book
ISBN: 0-8223-2846-1, 978-0-8223-2846-9
Keywords: technology; STS; science technology and society; baroque; monadology
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 22048
Depositing User: John Law
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2010 09:41
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/22048
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