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CSS colloquium: Martin Bauer, London School of Economics

Learning from Resistance - Towards a Social Psychology of Techno-Scientific Mobilisation

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Mandag 7. marts 2016,  kl. 14:15 - 15:45


Koll D (1531-211)

Martin Bauer discusses the key theoretical ideas of his recent books ‘Resistance – and the Practice of Rationality and ‘Atoms, Bytes & Genes – public resistance and techno-scientific responses. Tarde (1890) famously argued that creativity and invention have none or little regularity, while the diffusion of new ideas and practices follows the ’laws of imitation’. This idea remains influential in the model of diffusion of innovation and the linear model of science as it translates into engineering and, eventually, marketing. Bauer argues that this only applies when there is no resistance in the process which, however, is rare. More common are efforts of mobilisation for change processes that encounter resistance, and resistance changes the process: focussing attention where needed; enhancing the ‘bodily self-image’, evaluating on-going mobilisation and urging strategic adaptation and alterations to the plan. Martin Bauer illustrates this with observations on the development of biotechnology in Brazil, US and Europe since the 1990s and its impact.


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