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Bruno Latour in PiecesAn Intellectual Biography$
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Henning Schmidgen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263691

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263691.001.0001

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Machines of Tradition

Machines of Tradition

(p.40) Three Machines of Tradition
Bruno Latour in Pieces

Henning Schmidgen

Fordham University Press

After returning to Paris in 1977, Latour started to write, together with the British science sociologist Steve Woolgar his pioneering book “Laboratory Life.” This chapter depicts the institutional context in which this collaboration took place. It highlights the fact that Latour (and Woolgar) place emphasis on scientific practice as a form of “literary inscription.” It contrasts this approach with Deleuze and Guattari’s interest in the “machinic production” of signs.

Keywords:   Bruno Latour, Steve Woolgar, Laboratory studies, Literary inscription, Deleuze and Guattari

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