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The Social Construction of Housing Facts

The Social Construction of Housing Facts

First published in jimsresearchnotes 18 January 2011

Copyright: These papers are drafts only but may be cited or quoted. They may be downloaded for personal use but they may not be reproduced or published elsewhere electronically or otherwise without the express permission of the author. 2,082 more words

Sociology Of Science

Scientists and the History of Science: The Shapin View

This post incorporates some general impressions I’ve developed over the last several years, but is most immediately motivated by Steven Shapin’s negative Wall Street Journal  1,737 more words

Social Construction of Scientific Facts

Social Construction of Scientific Facts, first published in jimsresearchnotes 14 Jan 2010, revised 13 April 2015.

Background: One of my enduring interests has been the constructionist sociology of science, from the late 1960s by reading Kuhn (1962) and Fell (1960). 1,686 more words

Sociology Of Science

Reassembling the Social - Latour

Latour, Bruno. Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Print.

In Reassembling the Social, Bruno Latour argues that the use of the word “social” by social scientists or sociologist has come to, wrongly, describe something stable that can be used to describe a phenomenon when, according to Latour the idea of social needs to be redefined to allow for mobility, change, and tracing of connections again. 643 more words

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The Humility Principle: Analyzing Precautionary Action

What is the precautionary principle?
An Introduction

The precautionary principle, first endorsed in 1992 by the United Nations, was a tactic developed for decision-making. The precautionary principle’s purpose is to manage potential risk by approaching situations with a hope to alleviate possible harm to the public as much as possible. 2,014 more words


Latour's Actor Networks and Implications for Social Movements, or, Anti-Vaxxers Find a Black Box

Having focused so closely on texts about social movement and the methods and assumptions therein, I turn now to methods that can be brought to social movement rhetorical study. 1,269 more words