Rather than soliciting traditional handbook review essays concluding with research questions pointing the field forward, we asked prospective authors, including senior and early career scholars doing some of the most vital work in the broad science, technology and society arena, to contribute pieces that are explanatory and weave clear and cogent arguments through important empirical cases.
The chapters are organized around six topic areas: embodiment, consuming technoscience,. New developments, such as digitization, the role of markets and corporations in the sociotechnical shaping of human bodies especially gendered, sexualized, ethno-racialized, and classed bodies , and increasing citizen participation in local, national and international science and technology governance, have been important impetuses for extending and challenging STS theory, including by using insights from other disciplines.
We also aimed to create a collection that, despite the diversity of the chapters, has an element. To generate thematic coherence throughout the book, authors, some more explicitly than others, address one or more of three key processes: how and why ideas, artifacts, and practices come to be institutionalized or disrupted; what explains the scale at which technoscience comes to have meaning, is struggled over and travels; and by what means materiality and cultural value s shape science and technology.
These themes are not exhaustive but they represent some of the enduring and newer questions that STS addresses. Contributors approach questions of institutionalization and disruption by attending to canonical explananda, and to newer for STS foci, such as advertising and market mechanisms, and that most distinctive technology, the internet, that have been ever more important over the past decade.
Finally, materiality and culture have long been at the heart of STS. Authors in this book attend closely to how the material is realized, and when and how social meanings and symbols matter in questions of technoscience. Materiality, once dismissed by the field, is now a topic of central concern, as is culture, in shaping individual and group identities, careers, nation-states, and scientific objects and networks.
These themes are not exhaustive of the strands of work currently being done in STS; they do, however, offer ways of capturing how contemporary STS scholars are grappling with new questions and topics. Download adobe Acrobat or click here to download the PDF file. Participants in this course will explore how science and technology studies STS scholars analyze the social dimensions of technology and science. This course is an introduction to how political, social, and economic factors shape the development of scientific concepts, medical practices, and technological designs and vice versa.
These include how users help determine the contours of technologies, or how institutional structures encourage scientists to frame their work in particular ways. We will also discuss the political effects of scientific knowledge and specific technologies, exploring the costs and benefits of current techno-scientific arrangements. The course will emphasize STS approaches to environmental change, genetics and medicine, and digital identities and lives.
The course will emphasize critical dialogue and collective analyses of contemporary techno-scientific practices. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
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David Burch. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the human, social and economic aspects of science and technology.
It is broad and interdisciplinary, using examples from Australia and around the world. The authors present complex issues in an accessible and engaging form.
Topics include ethics, responsibility and controversies in science; the relationship of science and This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the human, social and economic aspects of science and technology. Topics include ethics, responsibility and controversies in science; the relationship of science and technology to economics and public policy; the Industrial Revolution; science and technology in developing countries, and in the future.
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Table 2. Can not guarantee an ultimate solution to any specific problem. The conclusions lead on to Chapter 4, which examines a range of examples of dubious or unethical conduct in science. Longo, Bernadette C. Oladapo Damilola marked it as to-read Aug 27, This view does not deny the constraints imposed by nature on the physical reality of technological artifacts, but it does maintain that knowledge and understanding of nature, of science, and of technology are socially mediated processes.
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