Monday, January 23, 2006

Latour and Wednesday's Reading

In Bruno Latour’s 1987 work Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society, the author advances the notion that scientific research is not based upon adherence to a firm set of objective principles, but rather, is socially constructed. In other words, instead of studying what science should be, Latour believes we should study science like we study any other culture, by focusing in what scientists actually do. For a further discussion of Latour, see the Wikipedia entry for him (

The reading for Wednesday, January 24, is a case study of an apprentice entering such a culture—in this case a graduate student negotiating his way through the Ph.D program in rhetoric at Carnegie-Mellon University, an institution which focuses heavily on rigorous research methodologies. I think this case will help us interrogate this notion of social construction raised by Latour; it demonstrates quite vividly the strengths, weaknesses, and ethical issues involved in empirical research conducted on and with human subjects.

I think I have most blog links now:





J. Elkins:

C.E.'s blog has a nice reflection on the Lulu website :

Bruce: has some interesting connections to make with the Grabill and Simmons' article.




Helm has changed the address, and has some interesting meditations:

C625 Student: has some interesting connections to make with the Berkenkotter and Huckin reading.






Blogger helm said...

On the subject of self publishing:
It would seem that technology has brought the means by which an author can become recognized into an era of expanded opportunity. However, for an academic writer, the act of self publishing could be looked upon by peers as an option only taken by those who are unable to get their work 'legitimately' published and therefore are 'pseudo-scholars'. This method of publication could bring about notariety and place constrain on an academic writer's reputation as 'scholarly' within his discourse community. (this was originally posted in response to Brandon's blog on publishing)

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