Books

Christopher Kelty’s The Participant: A Century of Participation in Four Stories

The Participant: A Century of Participation in Four Stories

Christopher M. Kelty

University of Chicago Press, 2020. 344 pages.

A book about participation? Chris Kelty’s delightful new book begins by giving voice to his audience’s likely incredulity. Mimicking the standard response to the project, he launches with the question, “Participation in what?” In everything and nothing, of course. He notes …

Books

Steven Shapin’s The Scientific Life


The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation
by Steven Shapin

University of Chicago Press, 468 pp., $29.00 (Hardcover)

Reviewed by Talia Dan-Cohen, Princeton University

The Preface to Steven Shapin’s The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation, explains Shapin’s overarching commitment to a historical account with a sociological twist. Shapin’s main …