Experiments in Context and Contexting


Science, Technology & Human Values (July 2012; 37 (4) ) special issue on “Experiments in Context and Contexting.”

What is context and how to deal with it? The context issue has been a key concern in Science and Technology Studies (STS). This is linked to the understanding that science is culture. But how? The irreductionist program from the early eighties sought to solve the problem by doing away with context altogether—for the benefit of worlds in the making. This special issue takes its points of departure in this irreductionist program, its source of inspirations, as well as its reworkings. The aim is not to solve the context problem but rather to experiment with context and what we label contexting.

Table of Contents

  • Kristin Asdal and Ingunn Moser: Experiments in Context and Contexting
  • Tiago Moreira: Health Care Standards and the Politics of Singularities: Shifting In and Out of Context
  • John Law and Ingunn Moser: Contexts and Culling
  • Brita Brenna: Natures, Contexts, and Natural History
  • Kristin Asdal: Contexts in Action—And the Future of the Past in STS
  • Vicky Singleton: When Contexts Meet: Feminism and Accountability in UK Cattle Farming

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  1. dmf Says:

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