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Author Frohmann, Bernd.

Title Deflating information [electronic resource] : from science studies to documentation / Bernd Frohmann.

Imprint Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2004.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 311 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-301) and index.
Contents Introduction: From information to documentation -- Epistemic narratives of the social life of science -- Scientists and other information users -- Epistemology versus practice -- Studies of scientific practices -- Literary technologies of science -- Documenting universality -- Documenting stability.
Summary Is disseminating information the main purpose of scholarly scientific literature? Recent work in science studies signals a shift of emphasis from conceptual to material sources, from thinking to doing, and from representing the world to intervening in it. Scientific knowledge production is no longer seen as a process of seeking, collecting, organizing, and processing abstract elements, but instead one of assembling the many different material 'bits and pieces' of scientific culture in order to make things work. In Deflating Information, Bernd Frohmann draws on recent work in the social studies of science, finding the most significant material in the coordination of research work, the stabilization of matters of fact, and the manufacture of objectivity. Arguing for a 'deflationary' account of information, Frohmann challenges the central concept of information studies, thereby laying a foundation for a documentalist approach to emerging issues in the field.
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Subject Documentation.
Information science.
Science -- Social aspects.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Frohmann, Bernd. Deflating information. Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2004 9780802088390 (DLC) 2004276469 (OCoLC)54929934
ISBN 144267377X (electronic bk.)
9781442673779 (electronic bk.)