Launching Europe: An Ethnography of European Cooperation in Space Science

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"An important contribution to the growing new subdiscipline of the anthropology of science."--David Hess, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"Stacia Zabusky has set herself the difficult task of describing how teams and individuals work together on highly complex and costly technical projects that require the dedicated cooperation of experts drawn from diverse national, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. Modern methods of managing such efforts are apparent, but how far have we actually come since the Tower of ...

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Overview

"An important contribution to the growing new subdiscipline of the anthropology of science."--David Hess, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"Stacia Zabusky has set herself the difficult task of describing how teams and individuals work together on highly complex and costly technical projects that require the dedicated cooperation of experts drawn from diverse national, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. Modern methods of managing such efforts are apparent, but how far have we actually come since the Tower of Babel? That question makes Zabusky's book so universal and interesting."--Martin Harwit, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

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Historical Studies in the Physical and Sociological Sciences
An amusing as well as a serious examination of a vital issue of international research cooperation.
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"An amusing as well as a serious examination of a vital issue of international research cooperation."--Historical Studies in the Physical and Sociological Sciences
Historical Studies in the Physical and Sociological Sciences

An amusing as well as a serious examination of a vital issue of international research cooperation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691029726
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/17/1995
  • Series: Princeton Paperbacks Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Multiple Cooperations 3
1 The Study of Cooperation: Theoretical Issues 17
2 The European Space Agency and the Structure of Cooperation 47
3 The Practice of Cooperation: Working Together on Space Science Missions 69
4 Struggling with Diversity: The Social and Cultural Dynamics of Working Together 103
5 Evasion and Responsibility: The Politics of Working Together 125
6 Existential Worries: Excitement and Boredom in the Experience of Working Together 153
7 Working Together Transformed: The Production of Technology and Cooperation 179
Epilogue: Sacred Cooperation and the Dreams of Modernity 196
Notes 221
References 247
Index 259
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