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Inventing the Social showcases recent efforts to develop new ways of knowing society that combine social research with creative practice. With contributions from leading figures in sociology, architecture, geography, design, anthropology, and digital media, the book provides practical and conceptual pointers on how to move beyond the customary distinctions between knowledge and art, and on how to connect the doing, researching and making of social life in potentially new ways. Presenting concrete projects with a creative approach to researching social life as well as reflections on the wider contexts from which these projects emerge, this collection shows how collaboration across social science, digital media and the arts opens up timely alternatives to narrow, instrumentalist proposals that seek to engineer behaviour and to design community from scratch. To invent the social is to recognise that social life is always already creative in itself and to take this as a starting point for developing different ways of combining representation and intervention in social life.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. 1. Introduction: From Performance to Inventing the Social
  2. Noortje Marres, Michael Guggenheim, Alex Wilkie
  3. pp. 17-38
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  1. Section One: Projects
  1. 2. Inviting Atmospheres to the Architecture Table
  2. Nerea Calvillo
  3. pp. 39-64
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  1. 3. Incubations: Inventing Preventive Assemblages
  2. Michael Guggenheim, Bernd Kräftner, Judith Kröll
  3. pp. 65-93
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  1. 4. Turning Controversies into Questions of Design: Prototyping Alternative Metrics for Heathrow Airport
  2. Christian Nold
  3. pp. 94-124
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  1. 5. Designing and Doing: Enacting Energy-and-Community
  2. Alex Wilkie, Mike Michael
  3. pp. 125-148
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  1. 6. Outing Mies' Basement: Designs to Recompose the Barcelona Pavilion's Societies
  2. Andrés Jaque
  3. pp. 149-170
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  1. Section Two: Essays
  1. 7. Earth, Fire, Art: Pyrotechnology and the Crafting of the Social
  2. Nigel Clark
  3. pp. 171-194
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  1. 8. How to Spot the Behavioural Shibboleth and What to Do About It
  2. Fabian Muniesa
  3. pp. 195-211
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  1. 9. The Social and its Problems: On Problematic Sociology
  2. Martin Savransky
  3. pp. 212-233
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  1. 10. The Sociality of Infectious Diseases
  2. Marsha Rosengarten
  3. pp. 234-252
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  1. 11. Social Media as Experiments in Sociality
  2. Noortje Marres, Carolin Gerlitz
  3. pp. 253-284
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  1. Commentaries
  1. 12. Hacking the Social?
  2. Christopher M. Kelty
  3. pp. 285-297
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  1. 13. How Can We...? Connecting Inventive Social Research with Social and Government Innovation
  2. Lucy Kimbell
  3. pp. 298-314
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  1. Appendix
  1. 14. Inventive Tensions: A Conversation
  2. Lucy Kimbell, Michael Guggenheim, Noortje Marres, Alex Wilkie
  3. pp. 315-334
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  1. Mattering Press Titles
  2. pp. 335-336
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780995527768
Related ISBN
9780995527751
MARC Record
OCLC
1238028134
Pages
338
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-06
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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