Bruno Latour: Deployment, stabilization, composition

To be faithful to the experience of the social we have to take up three different duties in succession : deployment, stabilization, and composition. We first have to learn how to deploy controversies so as to gauge the number of new participants in any future assemblage (Part I); then we have to be able to follow how the actors themselves stabilize those uncertainties by building formats, standards, and metrologies (Part II); and finally, we want to see how the assemblages thus gathered can renew our sense of being in the same collective

Bruno Latour: Reassembling the social, p 249

Illustration by Casper Hernández Cordes
Bruno Latour, reflecting on the social

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