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Handbook of Science and Technology Studies

Revised Edition


© 1995 | 848 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Published in Association with Society for Social Studies of Science

"This volume represents the social constructivist turn of the field. It is evident that social constructivism made a major impact on the field during the 1970s and 1980s. The diverse papers included here highlight the role of ethnography in STS. In addition, we are exposed to new perspectives of the multicultural and gendered nature of knowledge production."

—Science, Technology, and Society

For the most current, comprehensive resource in this rapidly evolving field, look no further than the Revised Edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. This masterful volume is the first resource in more than 15 years to define, summarize, and synthesize this complex multidisciplinary, international field. Tightly edited with contributions by an internationally recognized team of leading scholars, this volume addresses the crucial contemporary issues—both traditional and nonconventional—social studies, political studies, and humanistic studies in this changing field. Containing theoretical essays, extensive literature reviews, and detailed case studies, this remarkable volume clearly sets the standard for the field. It does nothing less than establish itself as the benchmark, one that will carry the field well into the next century.

"The long-awaited Handbook of Science and Technology Studies sponsored by the Society for Social Studies of Science is a truly substantial work, both in size and in the breadth of its many contributions. It is a rich and valuable guide to much that is transpiring in the field of Science and Technology Studies. In the editors' words, it is 'an unconventional but arresting atlas of the field at a particular moment in its history.'"

—Science, Technology & Society

"This book is not only an important resource for practitioners, but it also may help to spark the curiosity of those who are outside the fieldincluding scientists and engineers themselves—and so pull the 'half-seen world' of science and technology studies even more fully into the light of day."

—American Scientist

"The book as a whole is an impressive testimony to the vitality of a burgeoning field."

—New Scientist

"It reflects the international and interdisciplinary nature of the society. An excellent resource"

—Choice

 
Foreword
 
Introduction
 
PART I. OVERVIEW
D. Edge
1. Reinventing the Wheel
 
PART II. THEORY AND METHODS
M. Callon
2. Four Models for the Dynamics of Science
G. Bowden
3. Coming of Age in STS: Some Methodoligical Musings
E. Fox Keller
4. The Origin, History, and Politics of the Subject Called "Gender and Science": A First Person Account
S. Restivo
5. The Theory Landscape in Science Studies: Sociological Traditions
 
PART III. SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL CULTURES
H. Watson-Verran & D. Turnbull
6. Science and Other Indigenous Knowledge Systems
k. Knorr Cetina
7. Laboratory Studies: The Cultural Approach to the Study of cience
G. Lee Downey & J. C. Lucena
8. Engineering Studies
J. Wajcman
9. Feminist Theories of Technology
M. Frank Fox
10. Women and Scientific Careers
 
PART IV. CONSTRUCTING TECHNOLOGY
W. E. Bijker
11. Sociohistorical Technology Studies
P. N. Edwards
12. From "Impact" to Social Process: Computers in Society and Culture
H. M. Collins
13. Science Studies and Machine Intelligence
S. Hilgartner
14. The Human Genome Project
 
PART V. COMMUNICATING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
M. Ashmore, G. Myers, & J. Potter
15. Discourse, Rhetoric, Reflexivity: Seven Days in the Library
B. V. Lewenstein
16. Science and the Media
B. Wynne
17. Public Understanding of Science
 
PART VI. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND CONTROVERSY
T. F. Gieryn
18. Boundaries of Science
D. Nelkin
19. Science Controversies: The Dynamics of Public Disputes in the United States
S. Yearley
20. The Environmental Challenge to Science Studies
H. Etzkowitz & A. Webster
21. Science as Intellectual Property
B. Martin & E. Richards
22. Scientific Knowledge, Controversy, and Public Decision Making
 
PART VII. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND THE STATE
S. E. Cozzens & E. J. Woodhouse
23. Science, Government, and the Politics of Knowledge
B. Bimber & D. H. Guston
24. Politics by the Same Means: Government and Science in the United States
A. Elzinga & A. Jamison
25. Changing Policy Agendas in Science and Technology
W. A. Smit
26. Science, Technology, and the Military: Relations in Transition
W. Shrum & Y. Shenhav
27. Science and Technology in Less Developed Countries
V. Ancarani
28. Globalizaing the World: Science and Technology in International Relations
 
References
 
Further Reading
 
Index
 
About the Authors

"This volume represents the social constructivist turn of the field. It is evident that social constructivism made a major impact on the field during the 1970s and 1980s. The diverse papers included here highlight the role of ethnography in STS. In addition, we are exposed to new perspectives of the multicultural and gendered nature of knowledge production."

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY

"The long-awaited Handbook of Science and Technology Studies sponsored by the Society for Social Studies of Science is a truly substantial work, both in size and in the breadth of its many contributions. It is a rich and valuable guide to much that is transpiring in the field of Science and Technology Studies. In the editors’ words, it is 'an unconventional but arresting atlas of the field at a particular moment in its history.'" 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY

"This book is not only an important resource for practitioners, but it also may help to spark the curiosity of those who are outside the field—including scientists and engineers themselves—and so pull the ‘half-seen world' of science and technology studies even more fully into the light of day." 

AMERICAN SCIENTIST

"The book as a whole is an impressive testimony to the vitality of a burgeoning field." 

NEW SCIENTIST

"It reflects the international and interdisciplinary nature of the society. An excellent resource" 

CHOICE

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