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Matters of care in technoscience: Assembling neglected things

By Maria Puig de la Bellacasa


The full text of the paper is not available on the LRA (embargoed until December 2011). The published version is available on the publisher's website at:; DOI:10.1177/0306312710380301This paper aims to encourage an ethos of care in the study of science and technology. It starts with a reading of Bruno Latour’s notion of ‘matters of concern’ as favouring an awareness of the ethico-political effects of constructivist accounts in STS. Introducing attention to concern brings us closer to a notion of care. However, there is a ‘critical’ edge to care that Latour’s politics of things tends to disregard. Drawing upon feminist knowledge politics, I propose to treat matters of fact and sociotechnical assemblages as ‘matters of care’ and argue that engaging with care requires a speculative commitment to neglected things

Topics: care, constructivism, feminist thought, knowledge politics, ‘matters of concern’
Publisher: Sage
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0306312710380301
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