Established Sentiments, Alternative Agendas, and Politics of Concretization

Casper Bruun Jensen

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This essay discusses some of the political and practical efficacies, which constructivist science and technology studies (STS) is imagined, intended, or presented as having. I refer to the ways in which authors make arguments and claims about such efficacies as the politics of concretization: the concretization of why, how, and in which circumstances it matters to be a constructivist. It is important to consider which argumentative resources STS and SLS (science and literature studies) have access to and draw upon when defining their fields and their relationships to other social and political arenas; not least so, as social science and humanities research is increasingly called upon to legitimate itself in broader societal terms -- for instance, under the banner of mode 2 knowledge production.1 Under this rubric, such research is increasingly discussed in terms of the public relevance and usefulness it is capable of providing. However, the criteria of utility according to...
Udgivelsesdato: Fall 2006
Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)217-244
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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