Introduction: Diagrams beyond Mere Tools

  title={Introduction: Diagrams beyond Mere Tools},
  author={Lukas Englemann and Caroline Humphrey and Christos Lynteris},
  journal={Social Analysis},
: This special issue moves beyond an understanding of diagrams as mere inscriptions of objects and processes, proposing instead to re-evaluate diagrammatic reasoning as the work that is carried out with, on, and beyond diagrams. The introduction presents this issue’s focus on ‘working with diagrams’ in a way that goes beyond semiotic, cognitive, epistemic, or symbolic readings of diagrams. It discusses recent research on diagrams and diagrammatic reasoning across disciplines and approaches… 
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