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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

Author Biography

Sergio Sismondo is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Sociology at Queen's University, Canada. He is the author Science Without Myth: On Construction, Reality, and Social Knowledge (1995) and The Art of Science (with Boris Castel, 2003).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Prehistory of Science and Technology Studiesp. 1
The Kuhnian Revolutionp. 12
Questioning Functionalism in the Sociology of Sciencep. 23
Stratification and Discriminationp. 36
The Strong Programme and the Sociology of Knowledgep. 47
The Social Construction of Scientific and Technical Realitiesp. 57
Feminist Epistemologies of Sciencep. 72
Actor-Network Theoryp. 81
Two Questions Concerning Technologyp. 93
Studying Laboratoriesp. 106
Controversiesp. 120
Standardization and Objectivityp. 136
Rhetoric and Discoursep. 148
The Unnaturalness of Science and Technologyp. 157
The Public Understanding of Sciencep. 168
Expertise and Public Participationp. 180
Political Economies of Knowledgep. 189
Referencesp. 205
Indexp. 236
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