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Contexto Internacional

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WASINSKI, Christophe. Validating war: the construction of the strategic Expertise regime. Contexto int. [online]. 2012, vol.34, n.2, pp.435-470. ISSN 0102-8529.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-85292012000200003.

This article is intended to contribute to the interpretative analysis of war. For that purpose, it investigates how some apparatuses located in strategic thinking help to make modern war a social practice considered both technically feasible and, at the same time, legitimate for soldiers. In so doing, it makes use of two different but closely related theoretical fields, pragmatic sociology (finding inspiration in the work of scholars such as Luc Boltanski, Nicolas Dodier and Francis Chateauraynaud), and the sociology of scientific knowledge (based mostly on the work of Bruno Latour). On the one hand, the sociology of scientific knowledge has developed a productive questioning of the construction of scientific facts that is particularly relevant to the present research. On the other hand, pragmatic sociology generates a compatible framework able to describe collective actions. The combination of both approaches allows the description of the formation of a strategic expertise regime that supports the technical legitimacy of the use of military force. Together, the sociology of scientific knowledge and pragmatic sociology bring a particularly relevant perspective to research pertaining to war.

Keywords : War; Technical Justification; Strategic Thinking; Sociology of Scientific Knowledge; Pragmatic Sociology.

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