Preface to the English edition vi
1 In the shadow of Bonaparte 1
2 How to make a file ripe for use 70
3 A body in a palace 107
4 The passage of law 127
5 Scientific objects and legal objectivity 198
6 Talking of law? 244
Glossary of technical terms 278
- Bruno Latour is one of the leading sociologists in the world today.
- The author was give unparalleled access to this closed and hugely important institution of the French state, the Conseil d’Etat, and was able to carry out an in-depth study of how it works.
- His distinctive method – the ethnography of institutions – will be regarded by some as a model for a new kind of political sociology.
- This fascinating study takes Latour’s work in new directions, beyond the sociology of science and into the political sociology of the modern state.