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By Karin Knorr Cetina

How does technology create wisdom? Epistemic cultures, formed by way of affinity, necessity, and ancient accident, be sure how we all know what we all know. during this ebook, Karin Knorr Cetina compares of crucial and exciting epistemic cultures of our day, these in excessive strength physics and molecular biology. Her paintings highlights the variety of those cultures of understanding and, in its depiction in their differences--in the which means of the empirical, the enactment of item kinfolk, and the fashioning of social relations--challenges the authorized view of a unified science.

By many money owed, modern Western societies have gotten "knowledge societies"--which run on professional techniques and specialist platforms epitomized by way of technology and based into all parts of social existence. via taking a look at epistemic cultures in pattern situations, this publication addresses urgent questions on how such professional platforms and strategies paintings, what rules tell their cognitive and procedural orientations, and no matter if their association, constructions, and operations could be prolonged to different kinds of social order.

The first ethnographic examine to systematically evaluate diverse medical laboratory cultures, this e-book sharpens our concentrate on epistemic cultures because the foundation of the data society.

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