Masons, Tricksters and Cartographers

Comparative Studies in the Sociology of Scientific and Indigenous Knowledge

By David Turnbull

© 2000 – Taylor & Francis

276 pages

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About the Book

In an eclectic and highly original study, Turnbull brings together traditions as diverse as cathedral building, Micronesian navigation, cartography and turbulence research. He argues that all our differing ways of producing knowledge - including science - are messy, spatial and local. Every culture has its own ways of assembling local knowledge, thereby creating space thrugh the linking of people, practices and places. The spaces we inhabit and assemblages we work with are not as homogenous and coherent as our modernist perspectives have led us to believe - rather they are complex and heterogeneous motleys.

Reviews

DATAFIELD Turnbull is an innovative theorist and astute writer, and this book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the ways knowledge practices work. - History of Consciousness Department, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA

DATAFIELD This beautiful, passionate and inspiring book is essential reading for everyone interested in post colonialism and science and technology studies. - History of Consciousness Department, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC002000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General