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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What can one man accomplish, even a great man and brilliant scientist? Although every town in France has a street named for Pasteur, was he alone able to stop people from spitting, persuade them to dig drains, influence them to undergo vaccination?

Pasteur’s success depended upon a whole network of beuno, including the public hygiene movement, the medical profession both military physicians and private practitionersand colonial interests.

It is the operation of these forces, in combination with the talent of Pasteur, that Bruno Latour sets before us as a prime example of science in action.

Latour argues that the triumph of the biologist and ltaour methodology must be understood within the particular historical convergence of competing social forces and conflicting interests.

Yet Pasteur was not the only scientist working on the relationships of microbes feance disease. How was he able to galvanize the other forces to support his own research? Latour shows Pasteur’s efforts to win over the French public – the farmers, industrialists, politicians, and much of the scientific establishment. Instead of reducing science to a given social environment, Latour tries to show the simultaneous building of a society and its scientific facts.

Od 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.

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. Instead of leading to sociological reductionism, this method leads to an unexpected irreductionism. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours.


Finding libraries that hold this item Everything [Latour] writes is provocative, important and worth the closest scrutiny The radical originality and wit of Latour’s approach is hugely attractive. It is immensely stimulating, intelligent, and funny. Stylistically, it is dazzling, sometimes splendid. It offers a bold and light-hearted approach to problems that bedevil everybody trying to write pasteuriation accounts of scientific innovation in the wake llatour structural, poststructural, grammatological, sociological, anthropological, and narratological critiques frnce history.

Williams Social History of Medicine Latour has written a complex and provocative book. His insight into the way in which Pasteur transformed social relations in France and its colonies by introducing a new agent, the microbe, is fascinating. But the charm should not blind the reader to the serious intent.

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