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Scarry 1985: 22) This is an essay about power. Contrast the following three images of multiple selves or 'split personalities': 1. An executive of a major company presents different faces. The executive is a middle-aged man, personable, educated, successful. To tour the manufacturing division of the plant, he dons a hard hat and walks the floor, speaking the lingo of the people who work there. In a board meeting he employs metaphors and statistics, projects a vision of the future of the company.
In contrast to Latour, I am still sociologically interested in understanding why and how some human perspectives win over others in the construction of technologies and truths, why and how some human actors will go along with the will of other actors, and why and how some human actors resist being enrolled. . I want to take sides, to take stands. (1991a: 17 of MS) The two other kinds of multiplicity I mention above - multiple personality and marginality - are the point of departure for feminist and interactionist analyses of power and technology.
Although often implicit, an early message from science criticism had been that science done right would not be biased. The message from sociology of science has consistently been: the 'doing right' part is the contested territory. There are a few people asking the question about whether doing science at all can constitute doing right, or whether the entire enterprise is not necessarily flawed, but these are relatively rare: Restivo (1988) and Merchant (1980) are among them. There is much disagreement in science studies about the nature of the politics by other means in science, both descriptively and prescriptively.