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Ethnographic stories as generalizations that intervene

Winthereik, Brit Ross and Verran, Helen (2012). Ethnographic stories as generalizations that intervene. Science Studies,25(1):37-51.

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Title Ethnographic stories as generalizations that intervene
Author Winthereik, Brit Ross
Verran, Helen
Journal Name Science Studies
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 25
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0786-3012   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84872346745
Start Page 37
End Page 51
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication Finland
Publisher Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies
Field of Research STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY
Abstract Located within classic and more recent works in STS the paper grapples with the question of how to write ethnographic stories that generalize particular spacetime places, and simultaneously generalize about their own modes of existence. Growing as a prolonged, cross-generational, and transcontinental conversation between the two authors the paper discusses the capacities of ethnographic stories to work as generative interventions. We begin with the situation in which most ethnographers of science and technology find themselves: navigating a passage in projects in which ethnographic analyses are obliged to work instrumentally in relation to organizational or technological change. Developing with an ethnographic description of monitoring work in an environmental NGO and Latour’s analysis of a Holbein painting, we draw on Strathern’s notion of partiality and Haraway’s articulation of double vision.
Keywords Ethnography
Generalization
Partiality
Description for Link Link to published version
URL http://sciencetechnologystudies.journal.fi/article/view/55280
 
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