The book is made of two parts: the first one is a detailed exploration of the litterature around Pasteur’s rise from obscurity to fame and of the corresponding. The Pasteurization of France [Bruno Latour, Alan Sheridan, John Law] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What can one man accomplish. The pasteurization of France: Bruno Latour, translated by Alan Sheridan and John Law (Cambridge, Massachusetts and London: Harvard University Press.

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What can one man accomplish, even a great man and brilliant scientist? Although every town thf France has a street named for Pasteur, was he alone able to stop people from spitting, persuade them to dig drains, influence them to undergo vaccination?

Pasteur’s success depended upon a whole network of forces, including the public hygiene movement, the medical profession both military physicians and private practitionersand colonial interests. It is the operation of these forces, in combination with the talent of Pasteur, that Bruno Latour sets before us as a prime example of science in action. Latour argues that the latoud of the biologist and his methodology must be understood within the particular historical convergence of competing social forces and conflicting pasteurizarion.

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Yet Pasteur was not the only scientist working on the relationships of microbes and disease. How was he able to galvanize the other forces to support his own research? Latour shows Pasteur’s efforts to win over the French public–the farmers, industrialists, politicians, and much of the scientific establishment. Instead of reducing science to a given social environment, Latour tries to show the simultaneous building of a society and its scientific facts.


The first section of the book, which retells the story of Pasteur, is a pasteurizationn description of an approach to science whose theoretical implications go far beyond a particular case study.

In the second part of pasteurizatoon book, “Irreductions,” Latour sets out his notion frsnce the dynamics of conflict and interaction, of the “relation of forces. Instead of leading to sociological reductionism, this method leads to an unexpected irreductionism. Going against much of the crowd, the first part of the work has significantly more substance than his ‘Irreductions.

In examining Pasteur’s influence on the history and sociology of medicine, Latour focuses on the phenomenon of a theory becoming reality because it’s time had come.

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He observes that as Napolean and Bruno LaTour was born in the French province of Burgundy, where his family has been making wine for many generations. He was educated in Dijon, where he studied philosophy and Biblical exegesis.


He then went to Africa, to complete his military service, working for a French organization similar to the American Peace Corps. While in Africa he became interested in the social sciences, particularly anthropology.

LaTour believes that through his interests in philosophy, theology, and anthropology, he is actually pursuing a single goal, to understand the different ways that truth is built.

Throughout the s and s, LaTour has written about the philosophy and sociology of science in an original, insightful, and sometimes quirky way. Alan Sheridan is the author of Michel Foucault: The Will to Truth. He has also translated over 50 books, including works by Sartre, Lacan, and Foucault. Account Options Sign in. Pasteur’s success depended upon a whole network of forces, My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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The Pasteurization of France

Contents Introduction Materials and Methods. Strong Microbes and Weak Hygienists.

You Will Be Pasteurs of Microbes. Irreduction of The Sciences. Introduction Materials and Methods. The pasteurization of France Bruno Latour No preview available –