The book is made of two parts: the first one is a detailed exploration of the litterature around Pasteur’s rise from obscurity to fame and of the corresponding. The Pasteurization of France [Bruno Latour, Alan Sheridan, John Law] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What can one man accomplish. The pasteurization of France: Bruno Latour, translated by Alan Sheridan and John Law (Cambridge, Massachusetts and London: Harvard University Press.

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Latour asks what would happen if no distinction was drawn between force and reason? Armaingaud, a rather paternalistic reformist, uses the microbe to pasteurizqtion that celebrated “self-interest” and to link everybody together through fear of disease.

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Purchase access Subscribe to JN Learning for one year. Their idea of society is borrowed from classical mechanics: Regarding this matter, Latour describes his method in this book as remaining open so that we do not need to prescribe the role and power of each agent:.

Why lock people away when you let their infected linen escape? Microbiologie — Aspect social — France. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The first section of the book, which retells the story of Pasteur, is a vivid description of an approach to science whose theoretical implications go far beyond a particular case study.

It is not immediately obvious that we do.

The Pasteurization of France

The hygienists are powerless to ju- girlate the. Such exhibitions, which were frequent at the time, “bring together,” reports the jour- nalist, “several lagour complex orders of knowledge, constituting in short whatever may render life healthy and even comfortable” Anon.: Sep 24, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Nor can the scientism of the period alone explain this immediate trust, for controversies were just as passionately fought out in that century as in any other. Bacteriology, com- mon in these works, is far from being ;asteurization source and cause of hygiene; it is merely a ripple on the surface, an aspect, doubtless a crucial support of social hygiene, but no more than that.


The most important effect of the Pasteurian project was that its dominance over nature or science paved the road to its supremacy over the society and politics. In the second part of the book, “Irreductions,” Latour sets out his notion of the dynamics of conflict and interaction, of the “relation of forces.

He imposes his preconceived certainties on the investigation. Instead of reducing science to a given social environment, Latour tries to show the simultaneous building of a society and its scientific facts. Please create a new list with a new name; move some items to a new or existing list; or delete some items.

Your list has reached the maximum number of items. Sign in to save your search Sign in to your personal account. For Martin inthe “new era” began in at the Brussels Congressp. Do we have to speak of Pasteur when we speak of hygiene and medicine in the late nineteenth century? Duclaux, speaking of the surgeons who were the first to adopt Pasteurism, puts it well: Thus, all the great problems of hygiene — overcrowding, quaran- tine, smells, refuse, dirt — were gradually retranslated or dissipated.

Considering that this book, The Pasteurization of France was originally published in France in with a little different title than English translation, The Microbes: The water from the tub was thrown out into the very steep street and traveled over 50 meters”p.

He is not yet the intercessor that he would later become. Strong Microbes and Weak Hygienists 13 2. His name is not yet associated with anything relating to disease. Pasteur as a fulcrum 6. The Pasteurization of France.


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What do they want? But this translation is always a misunderstanding in which both elements lay different bets. The favorite met- aphor of the time, the difference in potential, defined a vast energy source into which all the actors of the period could plug themselves in order to advance their concerns for the next fifty years.

Bacteriology was indeed present in the exhibition, in an interesting way. We are no longer demanding, as in the past, that the old hospitals be pulled down and new ones built at a cost of millions. Want to Read saving….

He observes that as Napolean and Few people still beheve in such an Enlightenment, for at least one reason. Either the microbe gets through and all precautions are useless, or hygienists can stop it getting through and all other precautions are superfluous.

For altour there is nothing to analyze. In any case, the agents were not in agreement as to the date at which things began to change. In Pasteurs lab they will get the best environment ever to multiply! Not to beheve in it is to feel that we have been thrown back into the Dark Ages. Disinfectants also had their place: The absence or presence of a controversy Strong Microbes and Weak Hygienists 53 is a measure only of the angles of movement of the actors.

Irreduction of The Sciences. The same went for drains.