Restivo S. (2011) Red, Black, and Objective: Science, sociology, and anarchism. Ashgate Publishers, Surrey UK.
Red, Black, and Objective: Science, sociology, and anarchism.
Ashgate Publishers, Surrey UK.
Drawing on the empirical findings generated by researchers in science studies, and adopting Kropotkin’s concept of anarchism as one of the social sciences, Red, Black, and Objective expounds and develops an anarchist account of science as a social construction and social institution. Restivo’s account is at once normative, analytical, organizational, and policy oriented, in particular with respect to education. With attention to the social practices and discourse of science, this book engages with the works of Feyerabend and Nietzsche, as well as philosophers and historians of objectivity to ground an anarchistic sociology of science. Marx and Durkheim figure prominently in this account as precursors of the contemporary science studies perspective on the perennial question, “What is science?” This book continues Restivo’s long-term project of applying social constructionism (understood as the fundamental theorem of sociology) in the context of an emancipatory agenda.