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See detailThe field laboratory in the sugar industry
Melard, François ULg

Conference (1999, October 29)

Abstract for the thematic stream « Disciplines & Instruments » The aim of my intervention concern the implication of a scientific instrument inside an industrial context of usage. The latter takes the ... [more ▼]

Abstract for the thematic stream « Disciplines & Instruments » The aim of my intervention concern the implication of a scientific instrument inside an industrial context of usage. The latter takes the form of various little laboratories situated in the countryside. More precisely, those laboratories are generally situated in the area surronding fields and have the objective to evaluate the weight and the content of saccharose of the sugar beets deliveries ; and this for contractual purposes. The beet testing laboratories constitute a social and technical mediator by which a mode of coordination is temporarly crafted between two groups of actors : the growers and the sugar manufactuers. The instruments of measurment, and more specifically the polariscope, which compose this technological system have the interesting particularities to be submited to the contradictory supervision of both parties. Instead of just being a private place for secret industrial practices, the beet testing laboratory is widely open to public scrutiny. The perpetual negociations that take place inside the laboratories are done according to the « correct » application of a chemical protocol. In that respect, modes of visualisation are produced in order to give form to general values like efficacity, soundness or equity inside concrete procedures. The contradictory control that make the testing of sugar beets operational is conceived here as a dynamic pattern through which the reality of both a natural resource and the commited economical actors, is produced. Measurement as form of coordination is one of the central subjects in the field of the sociology of metrological practices. I will treat some aspects of industrial practices inside those beet testing laboratories in the light of the many ethnographical works done about scientific laboratories. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical Experts & their roles in the Belgian Sugar Industry
Melard, François ULg

Conference (1998, November 25)

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See detailLe processus d'innovation à l'INRA : le cas du sexage des embryons de bovins
Rabeharisoa, Vololona; Melard, François ULg

Report (1997)

Approche sociologique des techniques d'un processus d'innovation en matière agronomique (INRA).

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See detailF. Furet : Le communisme. L'histoire d'une illusion
Melard, François ULg

in Recherches sociologiques (1997), 2

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See detailBessy & Chateauraynaud : Experts et faussaires
Melard, François ULg

in Recherches sociologiques (1996), 2

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See detailJ. Peneff : l'hôpital en urgence
Melard, François ULg

in Recherches sociologiques (1995), 1

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See detailLes modèles culturels dans les métiers de la construction
Maroy, Christian; Melard, François ULg

Report (1993)

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See detailSeron & Wittezaele : Aide ou contrôle
Melard, François ULg

in Recherches sociologiques (1992), 2

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See detailE. Goffman : Les cadres de l'expérience
Melard, François ULg

in Recherches sociologiques (1992), 2

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