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The Handbook is the most authoritative and extensive resource in the rapidly evolving field of science and technology studies. This masterful volume is the first in over 15 years to define, summarize and synthesize this complex multidisciplinary, international field. Expertly edited with contributions from internationally renowned academics, this volume addresses the crucial contemporary issues - both traditional and non-traditional - in social studies, policy studies, and humanistic studies of science and technology studies.

Containing theoretical essays, extensive literature reviews and detailed case studies of new issues and approaches, the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies clearly sets the standard

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Sponsored by the Society for Social Studies of Science, this comprehensive resource defines, summarizes, and synthesizes the advances made in the social scientific, humanistic, and policy studies of science and technology. In 28 chapters, contributors from ten countries and a dozen different academic disciplines provide not only traditional syntheses of the literature in the major subfields of science and technology studies (STS)--such as science culture, science communication, science and government, and scientific controversies--but provocative theoretical, historical, and policy essays as well. Selected case studies on the cutting edge of STS, such as those on the human genome project or artificial intelligence, point the way for future developments in the field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803940215
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/22/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 828

Meet the Author

Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 100 articles and chapters and is author or editor of a dozen books, including Controlling Chemicals, The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, and Designs on Nature. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason. She was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell University and has held numerous distinguished visiting appointments in the US, Europe, and Japan. Jasanoff served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Her grants and awards include a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship and an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria. She holds AB, JD, and Ph D degrees from Harvard, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente.

Professor Trevor Pinch's main research continues to be on musical technologies. He has collaborations with Harry Collins at the University of Cardiff and Richard Rottenburg at the University of Halle, Germany.

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Table of Contents

Re-inventing the Wheel - David Edge
Four Models for the Dynamics of Science - Michel Callon
Coming of Age in STS - Gary Bowden
Some Methodological Musings
The Origin, History, and Politics of the Subject called 'Gender and Science' - Evelyn Fox-Keller
A First Person Account
The Theory Landscape in Science Studies - Sal Restivo
Sociological Traditions
Science and Other Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Helen Watson-Verran and David Turnbull
Laboratory Studies - Karin Knorr-Cetina
The Cultural Approach to the Study of Science
Engineering Studies - Gary Lee Downey and Juan C Lucena
Feminist Theories of Technology - Judy Wajcman
Women and Scientific Careers - Mary Frank Fox
Sociohistorical Technology Studies - Wiebe E Bijker
From 'Impact' to Social Process - Paul N Edwards
Computers in Society and Culture
Social Studies and Machine Intelligence - H M Collins
The Human Genome Project - Stephen Hilgartner
Discourse Rhetoric and Reflexivity - Malcolm Ashmore, Greg Myers and Jonathan Potter
Seven Days in the Library
Science and the Media - Bruce V Lewenstein
Public Understanding of Science - Brian Wynne
Boundaries of Science - Thomas F Gieryn
Science Controversies - Dorothy Nelkin
The Dynamics of Public Disputes in the United States
The Environmental Challenge to Science Studies - Steven Yearley
Science as Intellectual Property - Henry Etzkowitz and Andrew Webster
Scientific Knowledge, Controversy, and Public Decision Making - Brian Martin and Evelleen Richards
Science, Government and the Politics of Knowledge - Susan E Cozzens and Edward J Woodhouse
Politics by the Same Means - Bruce Bimber and David H Guston
Government and Science in the United States
Changing Policy Agendas in Science and Technology - Aant Elzinga and Andrew Jamison
Science, Technology and the Military - Wim A Smit
Relations in Transition
Science and Technology in Less Developed Countries - Wesley Shrum and Yehouda Shenhav
Globalizing the World - Vittorio Ancarani
Science and Technology in International Relations

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