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An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (Anglais) Broché – 6 novembre 2009
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
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)
Présentation de l'éditeur
- 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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This book is an easy-to-read survey of the field from its origins, which are not so long ago, to date. If I were doing my Masters today, I would expect this to be the very first book set for reading.
The basic idea is that science and technology are manmade ideas. On one level we can all agree on this fact. However, the Science & Technology studies field is stuck on this idea and they show it over and over again with qualitative studies. Nothing wrong with qualitative studies, but there comes a point where quantification can help. I would like to know what factors determine if a science is more or less socially constructued. I would like to have the term socially constructued defined in much more detail. It is not an either or construct. Time for the field to progress and find some new research questions. That is unlikely to happen anytime soon because the authors in the field do not believe in progress, quantification and they seem to hate building on each others' work in any detail. This can clearly be seen by people reading this review and giving it negative feedback.
Stay far away is my recommendation. And for those who don't, keep the negative votes coming.