New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies
October 2007, Polity
- Should science and technology be treated as separate entities?
- What impact has globalization had on science and technology?
- Can science be clearly distinguished from other forms of knowledge?
- Does the politicization of science really matter?
- Is there a role for the social regulation of scientific inquiry?
- Should we be worried about research fraud?
These questions are explored by examining an array of historical, philosophical and contemporary sources. Attention is paid, for example, to the Bruno Latour's The Politics of Nature as a model for science policy, as well as the global controversy surrounding Bjorn Lomborg's The Sceptical Environmentalist, which led to the dismantling and re-establishment of the Danish national research ethics board.
New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies will appeal strongly to scholars and advanced undergraduate and graduate students in courses concerned with the social dimensions of science and technology, and anyone who cares about the future of science.
List of Tables and Boxes vi
Part I: The Demarcation Problem 9
1 Science's Need for Revolution 11
2 Science's Need for Unity 53
Part II: The Democratization Problem 83
3 Contrasting Visions 85
4 The Politics of Science Journalism 128
5 So-called Research Ethics 145
Part III: The Transformation Problem 179
6 The Future of Humanity 181
7 The Future of Science and Technology Studies 205
- Steve Fuller has a reputation for setting the terms of debate in science and technology studies
- Can be used as an upper-level student text
- Draws on an exhilarating array of historical, philosophical and contemporary sources
- Exciting and provocative – a ‘must have book’ for people involved in the field
Raphael Sassower, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
“Fuller provides a scintillating critique of the fashionable actor network theory and other anti-humanist projects that, their claims to the contrary notwithstanding, threaten to derail the critical and democratic potential of STS. His insightful and lively diagnosis of the past and the present state of the field enables him to formulate an exciting and politically engaged agenda for STS.”
Zaheer Baber, University of Toronto
“In recognition of the great changes in science in last two decades, STS has become focused on technoscience and regulatory science and the new institutional realities of science. What has been lost sight of, Fuller points out, are some other topics that have changed along with this change: the public justification and face of science, the ways in which science understands the problem of the unity of knowledge, new meanings of old concepts, such as fraud and consensus, and demands to democraitze knowledge. With an eye to the grand figures of the past, he restates the big issues for the present – a much needed effort.”
Stephen Turner, University of South Florida
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