Malcolm Ashmore on Sociology of Science as a Weak Discipline

SSS is weak stuff, Ashmore claims


“The sociology of science in 15 minutes!”
Can the comparatively weak discipline of the sociology of science produce anything as credible (knowledge, facts, truths) as those comparatively “strong” disciplines it investigates? Indeed, why should we trust it at all?
In recent years, together with his partner, Olga Restrepo, Malcolm has been examining several of the “mundane technologies of distrust” prevalent in Colombian society, including the cédula, extravagant home “security” devices, and the functions of the notaría system.

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Associate Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State, Nicholas mainly writes about understanding the scientific study of states and, thus, it is namely about state theory. Given his training in sociology and STS, he takes a decidedly STS-oriented approach to state theory and issues of governance.

1 thought on “Malcolm Ashmore on Sociology of Science as a Weak Discipline

  1. one could take it along the lines of “weak” philosophy, theology, and D&G’s minor-literature if one wanted to be generous (as is my nature of course).


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