Lab Spaces and Cultures 041210 - STS 2011/SOC 2100 April...

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Unformatted text preview: STS 2011/SOC 2100 April 12, 2010 1 The laboratory matters, as a specific site of scientific knowledge-making What material and social orderings and arrangements are manifested in the design, construction, and operation of laboratories? How do these orderings shape scientific work? What tensions are manifested? 2 Until early 1960s: Place where science occurs does not matter abstract, universal, placeless character of scientific knowledge In 1970s: new focus on laboratory studies Place matters: Important local character and context for scientific knowledge-making Anthropological, sociological approaches The laboratory as an important source/site of fact-making 3 Constitution of labs give legitimacy and authority to scientific knowledge-making Tensions in order and arrangement Ordinary, messy & purified and ordered spaces Dual tensions manifested in three areas related to the design, construction, and operation of labs public and private visible and invisible standardized and differentiated 4...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2010 for the course S&TS 2011 taught by Professor Pinch,t. during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Lab Spaces and Cultures 041210 - STS 2011/SOC 2100 April...

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