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An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8765-7
256 pages
October 2009, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies, Second Edition reflects the latest advances in the field while continuing to provide students with a road map to the complex interdisciplinary terrain of science and technology studies.
  • Distinctive in its attention to both the underlying philosophical and sociological aspects of science and technology
  • Explores core topics such as realism and social construction, discourse and rhetoric, objectivity, and the public understanding of science  
  • Includes numerous empirical studies and illustrative examples to elucidate the topics discussed
  • Now includes new material on  political economies of scientific and technological knowledge, and democratizing technical decisions
  • Other features of the new edition include improved readability, updated references, chapter reorganization, and more material on medicine and technology
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Preface vii

1 The Prehistory of Science and Technology Studies 1

2 The Kuhnian Revolution 12

3 Questioning Functionalism in the Sociology of Science 23

4 Stratification and Discrimination 36

5 The Strong Programme and the Sociology of Knowledge 47

6 The Social Construction of Scientific and Technical Realities 57

7 Feminist Epistemologies of Science 72

8 Actor-Network Theory 81

9 Two Questions Concerning Technology 93

10 Studying Laboratories 106

11 Controversies 120

12 Standardization and Objectivity 136

13 Rhetoric and Discourse 148

14 The Unnaturalness of Science and Technology 157

15 The Public Understanding of Science 168

16 Expertise and Public Participation 180

17 Political Economies of Knowledge 189

References 205

Index 236

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Sergio Sismondo teaches Philosophy and Sociology at Queen's University, Canada. He is the author of Science Without Myth: On Constructions, Reality, and Social Knowledge (1995), The Art of Science (with Boris Castel, 2003), and numerous articles on subjects ranging from computer simulation to pharmaceutical research.
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  • Updated and expanded guide to the complex interdisciplinary terrain of science and technology studies
  • Distinctive in its attention to both the underlying philosophical and sociological aspects of science and technology
  • Explores core topics such as realism and social construction, discourse and rhetoric, objectivity, and the public understanding of science  
  • Includes numerous empirical studies and illustrative examples to elucidate the topics discussed
  • Now includes new material on  political economies of scientific and technological knowledge, and democratizing technical decisions
  • Other features of the new edition include improved readability, updated references, chapter reorganization, and more material on medicine and technology
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“Sergio Sismondo’s book represents a very useful and clear introduction to Science and Technology Studies (STS), a relatively new academic field that has at its core the relationship between scientific knowledge, technological systems, and society . . . The rich set of references can help readers who want to learn more.”  (Theor Med Bioeth, 1 May 2012)

Praise for first edition

"For an introduction to science and technology studies, one cannot find a better book. Sismondo sets a high standard for clarity of writing for books aimed at university students. The important historical background blends well with the underlying philosophical and sociological concepts. Extremely important to all readers are the boxed-text case studies, definitions, and examples that permeate and intelligently adorn every chapte. The index and references immensely help readers desiring to learn more." (Choice, November 2003)

"Carefully argued and well balanced…topics are handled with a clarity and lightness... overall impression…of a field with solid foundations that is looking to the future." (ISIS)

Praise for first edition

"Sismondo's much-needed book fills a gap left by existing introductions to the field of science and technology studies. It consistently and usefully integrates philosophical concerns with the critical social science perspectives that have dominated the field. It also offers excellent capsule surveys of some of the field's most influential thinkers."
Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University

"This book is a wonderful tool with which to think. It offers an expansive introduction to the field of science studies, a rich exploration of the theoretical terrains it comprises and a sheaf of well-reasoned opinions that will surely inspire argument."
Geoffrey C. Bowker, University of California, San Diego

"Science and technology studies is one of the most important and exciting new interdisciplinary fields in the academy. Sergio Sismondon is to be congratulated for producing an introductory textbook that is authoritative, accessible, and without rival. This book quickly become an indispensable teaching aid."
Trevor Pinch, Cornell University

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