ISBN-10:
0791414744
ISBN-13:
9780791414743
Pub. Date:
07/28/1993
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Controversial Science: From Content to Contention

Controversial Science: From Content to Contention

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Controversial Science: From Content to Contention

This book represents emerging alternative perspectives to the “constructivist” orthodoxy that currently dominates the field of science and technology studies. Various contributions from distinguished Americans and Europeans in the field, provide arguments and evidence that it is not enough simply to say that science is “socially situated.” Controversial Science focuses on important political, ethical, and broadly normative considerations that have yet to be given their due, but which point to a more realistic and critical perspective on science policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791414743
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/28/1993
Series: SUNY series in Science, Technology, and Society Series
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Thomas Brante is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Steve Fuller is Associate Professor at the Center for Study of Science in Society at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and he is the author of Philosophy of Science and Its Discontents and Social Epistemology.

William Lynch is Doctoral Fellow in the History of Science and Technology Program at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

PART I. CONTENTS: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES AND THEORETICAL PROPOSALS

The Feminist Challenge to Social Studies of Science
Julia Loughlin

Science, Sociology of Science, and the Anarchist Tradition
Sal Restivo

Counteranalysis: Toward Social and Normative Restraints on the Production and Use of Scientific and Technological Knowledge
Frans Birrer

Bringing the Scientist Back In: The Need for an Alternative Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
Ullica Segerstrale

Biotechnology and Ethics
Henk Verhoog

A Strategy for Making Science Studies Policy Relevant
Steve Fuller

Science as the Continuation of Politics by Other Means
Aant Elzinga

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Science and the Context of Relevance
Peter Weingart

PART II. CONTENTIONS: EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF CONTROVERSIES

Reasons for Studying Scientific and Science-Based Controversies
Thomas Brante

Comparing "Tool Controveries": Science, Contexts, Institutional Power, and the Development of Medical Controversies
Sune Sunesson

Causal Stories, Scientific Information, and the Ozone Depletion Controversy: Intrusive Scenarios in the Policy Process
Andrew Weiss

Value Communities in Science: The Recombinant DNA Case
Tibor Szanto

The Image of Man in Sociobiology
Margarita Jeliazkova

Cultural Bias and Regulating Risky Technologies: The Dutch Debate on Regulating LPG-Related Activities
Rob Hoppe and Rob Pranger

Ethical Controversies of Science and Society: A Relation Between Two Spheres of Social Conflict
Randall Collins

Contributors

Index

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