From Latour to late industrialism

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August 10, 2018

Critical Commentary

Kim Fortun's 2014 article is available on the website for HAU's Journal of Ethnographic Theory.

Abstract:

"I situate Latour’s latest project—An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (AIME)—in the context of late industrialism and query both its conceptual underpinnings and the design of its digital platform. I argue that Latour’s semiotics (and associated conceptions of both networks and ontologies) are functionalist in a way that mimics industrial logic, discounting both the production of hierarchical differentiation within a given system, and the system’s externalizations. The approach thus underestimates the toxicity of its vitalism."

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Fortun, Kim. 2014. "From Latour to late industrialism." Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.14318/hau4.1.017

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English

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