The New Political Sociology of Science: Institutions, Networks, and Power

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In the twenty-first century, the production and use of scientific knowledge is more regulated, commercialized, and participatory than at any other time. The stakes in understanding those changes are high for scientist and nonscientist alike: they challenge traditional ideas of intellectual work and property and have the potential to remake legal and professional boundaries and transform the practice of research. A critical examination of the structures of power and inequality these changes hinge upon, this book explores the implications for human health, democratic society, and the environment.

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Editorial Reviews

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“It’s rare that an anthology sparks a critical shift in thinking. The New Political Sociology of Science has synthesized science studies and other areas to generate an exciting approach that integrates both political-economic and cultural approaches to the politics of science. In doing so, it has become a foundation for a whole generation of scholarship.”—Phil Brown, Northeastern University

“The chapters . . . in this volume break new ground and attempt to develop descriptive and analytical frameworks that show the complex causes, interactions, and outcomes associated with increasing proprietary behavior of universities and links with the private sector.”—Contemporary Sociology

“This collection continues to profoundly influence STS scholarship, directing our attention to the importance of social movements and structural power relations in the construction of scientific knowledge. Taken as a whole, The New Political Sociology of Science makes a powerful case for re-focusing our research on sites of social, environmental, and economic struggle.”—Rebecca Lave, Indiana University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299213305
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/2006
  • Series: Science and Technology in Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Frickel is an associate professor of sociology and environmental studies at Brown University. Kelly Moore is an associate professor of sociology at Loyola University-Chicago.

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Table of Contents

1 Prospects and challenges for a new political sociology of science 3
2 Contradiction in convergence : universities and industry in the biotechnology field 35
3 Commercial imbroglios : propriety science and the contemporary university 63
4 Commercial restructuring of collective resources in agrofood systems of innovation 91
5 Antiangiogenesis research and the dynamics of scientific fields : historical and institutional perspectives in the sociology of science 122
6 Nanoscience, green chemistry, and the privileged position of science 148
7 When convention becomes contentious : organizing science activism in genetic toxicology 185
8 Changing ecologies : science and environmental politics in agriculture 215
9 Embodied health movements : responses to a "scientized" world 244
10 Strategies for alternative science 272
11 Powered by the people : scientific authority in participatory science 299
12 Institutionalizing the new politics of difference in U.S. biomedical research : thinking across the science/state/society divides 327
13 Creating participatory subjects : science, race, and democracy in a genomic age 351
14 On consensus and voting in science : from asilomar to the national toxicology program 378
15 Learning to reflect or deflect? : U.S. policies and graduate programs' ethics training for life scientists 405
16 Regulatory shifts, pharmaceutical scripts, and the new consumption junction : configuring high-risk women in an era of chemoprevention 432
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