Technoscientific Imaginaries: Conversations, Profiles, and Memoirs / Edition 1

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What is it like to be a scientist at the end of the twentieth century? How have shifts in power and in assumptions about knowledge affected scientific practice? Who are the people behind the new technologies, and how do they address the difficult moral and professional issues during a time of global change? Techno-Scientific Imaginaries explores these and other important questions at the approach of the new millennium.

In these penetrating essays, twenty-four distinguished contributors from a broad range of fields present the voices of the scientists themselves--through interviews, conversations, and memoirs. We hear from Lithuanian physicists who discuss science after Communism and their own fantasies about what Western science is; a Japanese-American woman struggling with her ambivalence over designing nuclear weapons; political activists in India who examine relations among science, environmental politics, and government ideology in the aftermath of the Bhopal disaster; and many others, including biologists, physicians, corporate researchers, and scientists working with virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies.

The contributors to this volume are Mario Biagioli, Maria E. Carson, Gary Lee Downey, Joseph Dumit, Michael M. J. Fischer, Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Hugh Gusterson, Diana L. L. Hill, James Holston, Herbert C. Hoover, Jr., Gudrun Klein, Leszek Koczanowicz, Irene Kuter, Kim Laughlin, Rita Linggood, George E. Marcus, Kathryn Milun, Livia Polanyi, Christopher Pound, Simon Powell, Paul Rabinow, Kathleen Stewart, Allucquere Rosanne Stone, and Sharon Traweek.

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George E. Marcus is a Chancellor’s Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Cornucopions of History: A Memoir of Science and the Politics of Private Lives 13
2 Eye(I)ing the Sciences and Their Signifiers (Language, Tropes, Autobiographers): InterViewing for a Cultural Studies of Science and Technology 43
3 Twenty-first-Century PET: Looking for Mind and Morality through the Eye of Technology 87
4 Medicine on the Edge: Conversations with Oncologists 129
5 Reflections on Fieldwork in Alameda 155
6 Innocence and Awakening: Cyberdammerung at the Ashibe Research Laboratory 177
7 The World of Industry-University-Government: Reimagining R&D as America 197
8 Trust but Verify: Science and Policy Negotiating Nuclear Testing Treaties - Interviews with Roger Eugene Hill 229
9 Becoming a Weapons Scientist 255
10 Rehabilitating Science, Imagining "Bhopal" 277
11 Of Beets and Radishes: Desovietizing Lithuanian Science 303
12 Andrzej Staruszkiewicz, Physicist 325
13 Bachigai (Out of Place) in Ibaraki: Tsukuba Science City, Japan 355
14 Bitter Faiths 381
15 Confabulating Jurassic Science 399
16 Insurgent Urbanism: Interactive Architecture and a Dialogue with Craig Hodgetts 461
17 Kith and Kin in Borderlands 507
18 Imagining In-formation: The Complex Disconnections of Computer Networks 527
Contributors 549
Index 553
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