SOC 7108 Chapter Notes - Chapter 22: Ethnography, Psychodynamics
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This type of doctor begins with asking general questions of where the pain is located,
examine the skin, scribble down jottings and thus propose the next step that should occur for
the patient’s assessment. The researcher was not allowed to be a part of these examinations
every single time it occurred and was not allowed within the room to learn about the pathology
of the disease. The key here is that without the microscope the disease is not visible.
In this chapter, the author seeks to relate to the literature in order to strengthen their
assumptions and arguments and use sources to indicate authority even though he would rather
not to as it would make things too raw. He indicates that Latour believes every modern thinker
tend to glorify their ability to distinguish between natural and social phenomena and disqualify
those who are not able to do so as individuals who are a part of the premodern era. He wants
us to take into consideration how one thing within the medical world cannot operate without
the other such as being able to see the disease only through the microscope or the fact that
one requires two glass sheets in order to create a slide for the microscope, dyes that are
required for cells to appear.
Being able to include relevance and these elements within stories about disease and
physicality is what makes being able to write ethnographies possible. Further known as a
praxiography, the disease that is mentioned within the ethnography is never something
isolated. It is intertwined with our modern thinking. There is a clash between the knowledge
that is given within the technology and the knowledge that is embedded within that particular
practice. It was meant to have both clear cut and distinguished but this was never the case.
What occurred was that it was our theories that have become modern instead, not the
practices (e.g. subject and object). The subject in this case is social and actively knows while the
object is known and is something natural. To overcome this particular divide we need to be
aware that the world we live in is something that is mixed. The way to think about this is to
think of the object and the subject at different ends of the spectrum with many quasi elements
between them. The key here is that instead of jumping back and forth, we require to realize
that everything is actually quite embedded.
For the area of pathology, the material is assembled, put together and put into an
object that goes out to the world itself, a metaphor of the theatre to demonstrate what is being
done as it is performed in a specific way. But this can be taken in different ways as we need
actors and the script may differ. But there is also other means where it may signify a backstage
and insists that we do not actually see what is occurring in reality otherwise something may be
occurring and what is done at that very moment has no effect beyond that situation. What the
author seeks to do here is to not search for knowledge but rather locates the knowledge and
seeks to define what objects really are in this case as they are not taken into entities. The
author will argue that objects are enacted – activities take place, leaving the actors vague and
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