Is disseminating information the main purpose of scholarly
scientific literature? Recent work in science studies signals a
shift of emphasis from conceptual to material sources, from
thinking to doing, and from representing the world to intervening
in it. Scientific knowledge production is no longer seen as a
process of seeking, collecting, organizing, and processing abstract
elements, but instead one of assembling the many different material
'bits and pieces' of scientific culture in order to make things
In "Deflating Information," Bernd Frohmann draws on recent work
in the social studies of science, finding the most significant
material in the coordination of research work, the stabilization of
matters of fact, and the manufacture of objectivity. Arguing for a
'deflationary' account of information, Frohmann challenges the
central concept of information studies, thereby laying a foundation
for a documentalist approach to emerging issues in the field.
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