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Stuck with/in a turn: Can we metaphorize better in Science and Technology Studies?
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (English)In: Social Studies of Science, ISSN 0306-3127, E-ISSN 1460-3659, Vol. 45, no 3, 454-461 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This contribution encourages loosening the cast-iron mould of the turn metaphor that the practices of general and ontology-related turn-talking/making in Science and Technology Studies forge and fortify. Could framing novel themes and thinking in terms of turn be as good as fettering? Not specific to the ontological turn or turn to ontology, but haunting Science and Technology Studies across the board to signify supposed tidal change, the metaphor warrants dissection. Thus, this commentary expounds four distinct yet not unrelated versions of turn - rotation, change of course/direction, change in general and occasion/opportunity to act - together with the worlds they beget. Then, the operation of these turns in the debates on the ontological turn is pursued. Enactments of the first three modes/moulds of turn, all entailing and tainted by the inexorable directedness of change the coupled turn to framing imparts, either debunk or qualify the extent of the professed turn, with the effect of betraying its conceptual and methodological offerings. The fourth version, less substitutable with turn to and thus less infected by intransigent directedness, escapes the rigidity that diminishes the value of ontology-minded studies. Clear of either a resolution to the debate or an alternative trope to cure the maladies of turn, the conclusion wishes to open space for pondering how to metaphorize more consciously and judiciously evolution and innovation in Science and Technology Studies.

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SAGE Publications (UK and US) , 2015. Vol. 45, no 3, 454-461 p.
Keyword [en]
change in Science and Technology Studies; metaphors; ontological turn; ontology
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Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120467DOI: 10.1177/0306312715576018ISI: 000357946100008OAI: diva2:845559
Available from: 2015-08-12 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2015-08-12

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