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Simone Tosoni and Trevor Pinch

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035279

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035279.001.0001

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Simone Tosoni

Trevor Pinch

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The final chapter of the book discusses Trevor Pinch’s more recent works, and addresses three main topics. The first one is the topic of selling, on which the author returns after the mid ‘80s works on market selling. The primary focus is now on the skills and knowledge involved in the practices of selling. In particular, the chapter addresses the translation and adaptation of skill from a material setting of selling to another (from street market to television sales), and some peculiar forms of knowledge like Territorial Knowledge. A discussion on the relevance of sound in selling introduces the reader to the second topic of the chapter: sound studies. The chapter presents their origin, their main current tendencies, and Pinch’s own trajectories in the field of research, from the work on the social construction of the Moog synthesizer to the inquiries on the stabilization of sound. Finally, the chapter discusses the recent proposal of an ontological turn in Science and Technology Studies (STS), and the related accusations of “perspectivism” opposed to social constructivist approaches like Social Construction of Technology (SCOT).

Keywords:   Selling, skills, Territorial Knowledge, sound studies, Moog synthesizer, stabilization of sound, ontological turn in STS, perspectivism

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