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Peter fought bravely, but he miscalculated the balance of forces and was therefore to sink into ridicule. Latour argues that the triumph of the biologist and his methodology must be understood within the particular historical convergence of competing social forces and conflicting interests. At the Academie he cries out: This unexpected strengthening is not in itself “reactionary,” as suggested by some authors who are used to speaking only of power and who see hygiene as a “means of social control.

Bruno Latour – The Pasteurization of France

Bouchardat makes the ingenuous admission: The Pasteurians provided neither the lever nor the weight nor even the worker who did the work, but they provided the hygienists with a fulcrum. When a man follows a woman to her hotel, he thinks he is ,atour the transaction with a coin and ends his days in an asylum.

Anton rated it lztour was amazing Jun 16, The young officer who held it got lost and could not find the generals; eventually he arrived late at night at a mansion between the front lines where, to his surprise, the high staff were carousing. However, I could easily see why the second part of his work is more appealing, and is more forward thinking than his “War and Peace of Teh.

If, therefore, we say of a man that he has moved a mountain, it is because he has been credited with or has appro- priated the work of the crowd that he claimed to command but that Strong Microbes and Weak Hygienists 23 he also followed.


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Before, the hygienists could not, without being immediately contradicted, tell others what the time was and yell, “You are archaic and superseded. Time — that is, the distinction between moments — is the distant consequence of actions to make a particular position durable. At the cost of setting up new professions, institutions, laboratories, and skills at all points, we will obtain properly separated channels of microbes, on the one hand, and of pilgrims, beer, milk, wine, schoolchildren, and soldiers, on the other.

On the contrary, it is reversible — so reversible that it is possible not to have made any progress since the time of the Romans. Kristen Moore rated it really liked it Dec 29, Hygiene and the Obligatory Points of Passage Let us take a look at the side of the hygienists and see why they seized so readily on any argument about microbes to emerge from the mi- crobiological laboratories.

The Enlightenment is about ex- tending these clearings until they cover the world. Sometimes cholera passes, sometimes not; sometimes typhus survives, sometimes not.

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A single mi- crobe may endanger everything. Actually, the Revue does not define who they are.

This sketch can be made in two successive stages: The analyst does not need pasteueization know more than they; he has only to begin at any point, by recording what each actor says of the others. Although every town in France has a street named for Louis Pasteur, was he alone able to stop people from spitting, persuade them to dig drains, influence them to undergo vaccination?


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The Hygienists Believed Pasteur without Question The Revile Scientifique reveals first of all the size of the social move- ment for regeneration, indicates the translator of this movement, hy- giene, kf shows how uncertain and controversial the hygienists were. In order to make their position permanent, the hygienists had to set up the greatest possible “potential difference” between the “in- disputable conquests” of science and the “ditherings of the public authorities.

Do we have to speak of Pasteur when we speak of hygiene and medicine in the late nineteenth century? Following Tolstoy’s advice, we can say that such an account has to be false.

And the only conception of such a kind known to historians is the idea of power” Tolstoy: I enjoyed reading your review from Latours The Pasterization of France.

Serres describes this elimination of a parasite by another more powerful one. If we do not restore the power ratio between the social movement at work throughout Europe and the few bacteriological laboratories, we cannot understand the real contribution of those laboratories, just as we cannot understand what Kutuzov did if we attribute to him the entire movement of his army.

The network of gestures and skills that the hygienists wanted to set up had to be as continuous as an oil pipeline. Indeed, all opinions speak with the same voice, and everybody works together to attack the micropar- asites: Latour here selects some control groups and sees how they reacted to Pasteur.

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