Author:María Belén Albornoz (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Ecuador))
Paper short abstract:
This paper aims to debate power through Latour’s and Jasanoff’s theoretical lenses. It will address the rol of the material and the inanimate in constituting social order, the production hybrids and the creation of new languages in which to speak of the and new ways of visually representing them.
Paper long abstract:
Given that the relationship between science and technology and politics has been questioned very little in political science because the studies in this area maintain a version of science that is neutral and apolitical in its service to nations, and the prevailing assumption is that technology is the product of applied science. To discuss new concepts inspired on Latour's work such as the co-production theory, it allows for the explanation of the "constitutional posture of science and technology in the political order" through values linked to technological inventions and the scientific ideas that they establish in the world and to the reason why these differences are maintained. However, it is also related to what can be obtained through science and technology, and to how individuals are willing to live their lives.
Using the notion of co-production we do not presuppose any a priori demarcations of the world, in this context, science and society underwrite the other's existence and scan be compared and contrasted with other exercises in the production of power.
Science Is Politics by Other Means Revisited