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From the Publisher"A timely, accessible and engagingly written overview of theinterdependence between 'formal' scientific practice and knowledgeand wider social and cultural representations of science."
"What is notable about this book is not only that it covers theground that you would expect in an undergraduate text book withthis title, but that it also makes a sustained argument."
New Genetics and Society
"Erickson's examination of the ways in which science isrepresented within culture is compelling and his argument for theinclusion of analyses of science fiction within STS is bothrefreshing and convincing. His advice on how students might goabout completing a small research project in the cultural studiesof science will be particularly useful."
"Science and technology studies is a field that claims manydisciplinary allegiances and areas of substantive concern. MarkErickson's Science, Culture, Culture and Society is thefirst textbook to provide an entry point into all of them. Whetheryou're classically trained in history, philosophy or sociology, onthe one hand, or someone with a background in science, technologyor art, on the other hand, or even simply a fan of science fiction,you will be invited to see your field with fresh eyes fromperspectives that are bound to increase in significance in thecoming years."
Steve Fuller, University of Warwick
"This is fresh, vivid look at science as a process and a socialsystem. Erickson has brilliantly redrawn the map of science studiesto encompass art, philosophy, popular culture, science fiction andsociology. He is right on target when he identifies science asprofoundly dispersed, unfolding across multiple domains, andengaging not only with the laboratory but also with the mass media,trash fiction, high theoretical philosophy and Congressionalhearings. Vonnegut, Paolozzi, William Gibson, the Terminator, andRichard Feyman join Fleck, Kuhn, Popper, Latour and other standardcharacters in science studies in this clear-eyed exploration of thestate of the field. In the process Erickson illuminates thepowerful networks of knowledge production that reflecttwenty-first-century, in all its uncertainty and hopefulness. Thisaccessible and engaging book should be required reading for everyundergraduate, or for anyone who has to make their way through theforms of life that constitute science in culture."
Susan Lindee, University of Pennsylvania
"Erickson has a gift for explaining complex philosophical ideasin accessible terms without doing damage to them. This lively,readable book does a fine job of demystifying science whileintroducing the reader to key ideas in the important new field ofscience studies. In an era where our lives are increasinglydominated by science and technology, this is an indispensableintroduction to an exciting set of ideas."
Hugh Gusterson, MIT