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Идентичности и привързаности: рикошети от дигитализацията на наблюдението в професионалната и любителската астрономия
Identities and Attachments: Ricochets of the Digitization of Observation in Professional and Amateur Astronomy

Author(s): Ivan Tchalakov, Irina Popravko
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Methodology and research technology, Applied Sociology, Social Theory
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: identity; endurance; actor-network theory; professional and amateur astronomers; telescope; digital camera; media theory of Marshall McLuhan

Summary/Abstract: The article analyzes the worlds of professional astronomers and astronomers-amateur and their technological base. It adopts a critical look at the established research approach to this subject, in particular the actor-networks theory (ANT) of Bruno Latour and Michel Callon. The concept of (professional) identity is considered from the perspective of “ethnography of professions”. An attempt was made to introduce a new language for describing and analyzing the two knowledge communities based on the sociology of taste and attachment of Antoine Hennion. The paper questions the feasibility of ANT “relationist notion” of a technical object in situations, where the prediction of the future effects of this object introduction is needed. Following Graham Harman, the paper suggests supplementing ANT approach with elements of the media (artefactual) analysis of the Canadian researcher Marshall McLuhan.

  • Issue Year: 48/2016
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 85-119
  • Page Count: 35
  • Language: Bulgarian