Visions of STS: Counterpoints in Science, Technology, and Society Studies

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Maps interconnections between science, technology, and society in order to understand both benefits and costs.
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Ten scholars, not identified, clarify the nature of Science, Technology, and Society Studies, and project future developments in the fairly new discipline, which is concerned with the benefits and problems of the mixture. Rather than presenting science and technology as autonomous entities, they analyze each contextually as socially mediated processes that reflect cultural, political, and economic values. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“This is a strong survey of the field of STS. It covers a lot of ground in ten concise essays that are accessible to non-experts in the field, yet detailed and provocative enough to hold the attention of the more advanced reader.” — Joseph R. Herkert, editor of Social, Ethical, and Policy Implications of Engineering: Selected Readings
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Stephen H. Cutcliffe is Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Lehigh University and coeditor of Technology and the West and Technology and American History.

Carl Mitcham is Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at Colorado School of Mines and author of Thinking through Technology: The Path between Engineering and Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Visionary Challenges of STS 1
1 Where Technological Determinism Went 11
2 Understanding Technological Culture through a Constructivist View of Science, Technology, and Society 19
3 Three Perspectives in STS in the Policy Context 35
4 Making Disciplines Disappear in STS 51
5 An STS Perspective on Technology and Work 67
6 Science-Technology-Society and Education: A Focus on Learning and How Persons Know 81
7 STS from a Policy Perspective 99
8 STS on Other Planets 111
9 Gender: The Missing Factor in STS 123
10 Postmodern Production and STS Studies: A Revolution Ignored 139
Bibliography 155
Index 163
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