An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies / Edition 2

An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies / Edition 2

by Sergio Sismondo
     
 

Distinctive in its attention to both the underlying philosophical and sociological aspects of science and technology, the second edition of this popular textbook provides students with an up-to-date road map of the complex interdisciplinary terrain of science and technology studies.

After presenting the broad historical background to the field, the book explores

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Distinctive in its attention to both the underlying philosophical and sociological aspects of science and technology, the second edition of this popular textbook provides students with an up-to-date road map of the complex interdisciplinary terrain of science and technology studies.

After presenting the broad historical background to the field, the book explores a variety of relevant topics, among them realism and social construction, discourse and rhetoric, objectivity, and the role of experiment and theory. Numerous illustrative examples and empirical studies elucidate such topics as nuclear missile testing, the cold fusion controversy, teaching mathematical physics in the 19th century, digital rights management, pharmaceutical clinical trials, and sick building syndrome. This updated, expanded, and reorganized new edition also now includes new material on political economies of scientific and technological knowledge and the democratization of technical decisions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405187657
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/19/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
623,619
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Sergio Sismondo is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada. He is the author of Science without Myth: On Constructions, Reality and Social Knowledge (1996) and numerous articles on the philosophy and sociology of science and technology.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 The Prehistory of Science and Technology Studies 1

2 The Kuhnian Revolution 12

3 Questioning Functionalism in the Sociology of Science 23

4 Stratification and Discrimination 36

5 The Strong Programme and the Sociology of Knowledge 47

6 The Social Construction of Scientific and Technical Realities 57

7 Feminist Epistemologies of Science 72

8 Actor-Network Theory 81

9 Two Questions Concerning Technology 93

10 Studying Laboratories 106

11 Controversies 120

12 Standardization and Objectivity 136

13 Rhetoric and Discourse 148

14 The Unnaturalness of Science and Technology 157

15 The Public Understanding of Science 168

16 Expertise and Public Participation 180

17 Political Economies of Knowledge 189

References 205

Index 236

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