Reconfiguring Truth: Postmodernism, Science Studies and the Search for a New Model of Knowledge

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This refreshingly original book links the postmodern critique of notions such as "reality" and "truth" with approaches to knowledge found in science and technology studies (STS), a field also discontent with traditional epistemology. Exploring STS approaches to knowledge, such as actor-network theory, Ward forges a path through the impasse of the modernism vs. postmodernism debate. "Reconfiguring Knowledge" is an important work for social scientists and theorists, philosophers, historians, and scholars of science and technology.

Author Biography: Steven C. Ward is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Western Connecticut State University.

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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Sociology
a serious and important contribution to sociological theory.
— Kelly Moore, Columbia University
. . . a worthwile book, and it provides a good starting point for people interested in current debates in science studies.
Steve Fuller
Long overdue . . . the first sober attempt to locate the recent science studies literature in the sociology of knowledge tradition. The book should prove accessible to both teachers and students.
Stephan Fuchs
One of the most lucid and knowledgeable expositions of postmodernism and its paradoxes as one can find in the literature.
Contemporary Sociology - Kelly Moore
a serious and important contribution to sociological theory.
. . . a worthwile book, and it provides a good starting point for people interested in current debates in science studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847682591
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/4/1996
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven C. Ward is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Western Connecticut State University.

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Table of Contents

1 The Boundary Conventions of the Modern Episteme 1
2 The Revenge of the Humanities: The Postmodern Textualization of Truth 17
3 Deconstructeding Science 37
4 Society, Knowledge, and the Legacies of Durkheim 55
5 Dealing with the Durkheimian Dilemmas 73
6 Actor-Network and the Construction of Truth 95
7 Actor-Network's Amodernism 115
8 Conclusion: Scientific Realism, Social Realism, and Postmodernism Reconsidered 131
Bibliography of Works Cited 149
Index 161
About the Author 165
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