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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 2:52pm

“Anthropology is a science and has the tools to understand science as a form of culture. The culture concept has been reshaped by the necessity for anthropology to interrogate its own knowledge practices. This same move enables anthropologists to operationalize analytical models that are understood as both cultural and scientific. Anthropology is, in other words, the preeminent discipline from which to argue that the "science wars" are not a zero-sum game.” (165)

“There is a direct relation between the emergence of science studies within anthropology, the reexamination of anthropology as a science resulting from the gender-based critique of the discipline in the 1970s, and the expansion in self-consciousness about the thoroughly enculturated generic conventions of the discipline in the 1980s. Postcolonial critiques of anthropology as a Eurocentric panopticon have extended the possibilities for the discipline to include its own knowledge-production practices within its scope of explanatory techniques.” (169)

“This tradition, combining anthropological relativism with ethnographic empiricism, has begun to establish a trajectory that interrogates the history and foundations of ideas of the natural within anthropology, which in turn work at a deeper level to provide, by implication if not directly, a bridge between the two cultures in anthropology. It is through this work that a less knowledge-dependent, or mentalist, view of science has emerged, along with a greater appreciation of its thorough enculturation at every layer of the onion, and likewise a thicker account of the scientization of both local and global cultures.” (170)

“At issue in debates about multiculturalism and science is the possibility of better science, not just fewer supercolliders. Anthropology is arguably a better, more inclusive, less naively Eurocentric and even a more objective form of scholarly inquiry because of the sustained critique of its own practices that has kept it "in crisis" since at least mid-century. Were Western science to be reassessed as a cultural practice, in the narrowest and widest senses, it arguably stands to gain, in both resources and on its own terms, as an effective,  predictive, useful and interested account of its objects. And were such changes to be undertaken, anthropologists are well positioned to draw on a recent history of great transformation in their own discipline and to attest to its advantages.” (179-180)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 2:50pm

Franklin cites anthropologists' conversational approach and greater sensitiviety to context as evidence of their ability to engender more productive and collaborative research programs for STS. “In contrast, several scholars represented in Marcus, using a more conversational approach to scientists' own accounts of their knowledge practices, show a high degree of self-consciousness of the vicissitudes of intellectual life as a result of its embeddedness in a wider social, cultural, and historical context. Such tensions reveal the kinds of conversations that might usefully occur in a climate less marked by defensiveness and mistrust fostered by the higher suspicions of recent science critics.” (165)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 2:42pm

Franklin is trying to make room for an anthropology of science and technology within the discourse of STS. She argues that anthropology has a uniquely reflexive disposition that stresses the partiality of representation and is therefore well suited to help assuage the intensity and limit the casualties of the “science wars.”

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