Latours Article

Posted: February 6, 2012 by nelsonbakshidts403 in Feb 8

In the Latour article, he talks about the social context of how people interact with objects around them. Latour provides an example on how people interact with objects through two drivers, one slowing down out of moral and ethical choices and the other slowing down for personal reasons so that they don’t wreck their suspension springs in their car. Latour discusses how sociologist categorized objects based on social ties of an object and social associations. Sociologist describes them as one being face to face and the other being as a mode of force to explain the face-to-face interaction. Latour goes on to talk about basic social skills that are involved and how they are very short lived and based on power relations. ANT’s foes not want to engage polemics against sociologists on the topic of the social but rather to broaden the scope in which from single interaction to wider multiple interactions. He also says that sociologists can learn a thing or two from watching baboons trying to repair their constantly falling society and the cost that come along with it.

 

So what Latour was able to do well in this article was that he/she made it very to read first off.  He/she gave examples in to which people are able to relate to on a daily basis, such as with the stop sign, one person will do it out of moral and ethical reasons while the other person will do it out of personal and selfish reasons. His example allows us to question whether does one interaction with the object make it better than the other, and my answer to that question would be no. Each person has their own reasoning to describe their relationship with the object and each relationship has repercussions on how it will affect them. The article is written well in which each point flows into the next point, and using examples when something needs to be explained simply. He/she points out the positives and both sides of what the sociologist do, however criticizes them for their one way linear thinking process.

 

Questions:

 

Does a individuals actions with a object make their relationship more valid then another indviduals actions with the same object?

 

How are sociologists take the construct of baboons falling society and apply it to  humans in order to understand how they operate with objects?

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