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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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
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
What People are Saying About This
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