Science, Technology, and Society: A Sociological Approach / Edition 1

Science, Technology, and Society: A Sociological Approach / Edition 1

by Wenda K. Bauchspies, Jennifer Croissant, Sal Restivo
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0631232095

ISBN-13: 9780631232094

Pub. Date: 09/05/2005

Publisher: Wiley

Science, Technology, and Society: A Sociological Approach is a comprehensive guide to the emergent field of science, technology, and society studies and its implications for today’s culture and society. Written in an accessible style, and designed especially for students, the book emphasizes the sociological sciences as the foundation for STS

Overview

Science, Technology, and Society: A Sociological Approach is a comprehensive guide to the emergent field of science, technology, and society studies and its implications for today’s culture and society. Written in an accessible style, and designed especially for students, the book emphasizes the sociological sciences as the foundation for STS studies. It opens with a discussion of current STS topics, research tools, and theories, and tackles some of the most urgent issues on the STS agenda: power and culture, race, gender, colonialism, the internet, cyborgs and robots, and biotechnology.

Case studies highlight particular ideas and their practical application. A glossary and further reading suggestions complete Science, Technology, and Society, making it an indispensable introduction to a controversial area of inquiry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631232094
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/05/2005
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

PrefaceP.

Introduction Introduction.

Our Premises and Our Approach / Nuts and Bolts and the Systems that Tighten Them / Conclusion.

2 Cultures of Science.

Birth of a Fact / Society and Culture / Worldviews / The Social Construction Conjecture / Feminism and Science Studies / Technology in Motion / Pre-Scientific: You Or Me? / Mind and Society / What Can Sociologists Say About Mathematics? / Conclusion.

3 The Dance of Truth.

Science and Technology as Social Institutions / The Dance of Magic, Science, and Religion / What Is Truth? / Dangerous Icons: From Magic and Religion to Science and Law / Conclusion.

4 STS and Power in the Postmodern World.

Technology and Society / Power, Values, and Agency / Cyborgs, Humans, and Technology / Contemporary Society: Globalization Or Bust? / Metaphors, Narratives, and Glocal Cultures / Conclusion: Technoscience and Globalizations.

5 Life after Science and Technology Studies.

Technoscience Revisited / Case Study: the New Reproductive Technologies / Case Study: Robots, Minds, and Society / Frontiers and Horizons / Conclusion: Where We Have to Stand in Order to Begin.

Glossary.

References.

Name Index.

Subject Index

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