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Contemporary Sociologya serious and important contribution to sociological theory.
— Kelly Moore, Columbia University
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.
|1||The Boundary Conventions of the Modern Episteme||1|
|2||The Revenge of the Humanities: The Postmodern Textualization of Truth||17|
|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|
|8||Conclusion: Scientific Realism, Social Realism, and Postmodernism Reconsidered||131|
|Bibliography of Works Cited||149|
|About the Author||165|