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An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies / Edition 1

An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies / Edition 1

by Sergio Sismondo


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631234449
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/15/2003
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Sergio Sismondo is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada. He is the author of Science without Myth: On Constructions, Reality and Social Knowledge (1996) and numerous articles on the philosophy and sociology of science and technology.

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Table of Contents



1. The Prehistory of Science and Technology Studies.

2. The Kuhnian Revolution.

3. Questioning Functionalism in the Sociology of Science.

4. Stratification and Discrimination.

5. The Strong Programme and the Sociology of Knowledge.

6. The Social Construction of Scientific and Technical Realities.

7. Actor-Network Theory.

8. Two Questions Concerning Technology.

9. Laboratories.

10. Controversies.

11. Standardization and Objectivity.

12. Creating Order, Following Rules.

13. Feminist Studies S&TS and its Extensions.

14. Rhetoric and Discourse.

15. The Unnaturalness of Science and Technology.

16. Expertise and the Public Understanding of Science.



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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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