Mobilizing the Emergence of Phronetic TechnoScienceSocieties: Low-Carbon E-Mobility in China
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TechnoScienceSociety (TSS) denotes the birth pangs of a new era, while signposting the importance of STS in this context, and the changes to STS in turn that it demands. This paper argues that grappling with TSS and a politics thereof demands a shift broadly from the default epistemo-politics of critique or post-structural criticism, but also going beyond work, inspired by actor network theory, on ‘ontological politics’. The paper considers some of the key problems with the conception of ontological politics vis-à-vis the predicament of an emerging TSS before a brief discussion of an alternative perspective, of complex power/knowledge systems (CP/KS) within an onto-politics of situated practical wisdom (phronesis). Finally, we illustrate the arguments by analysing, using this alternative perspective, a key case study of contemporary TSS: the ongoing attempts of innovation towards a transition in urban mobility system in China.
KeywordsTechnoScienceSociety Onto-politics Phronesis Ontological politics Complex power/knowledge systems China Urban mobility transition
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