An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

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9780631234432: An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
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This volume provides a roadmap to the complex interdisciplinary terrain of science and technology studies.


  • Provides an accessible overview of science and technology studies.
  • Features numerous empirical studies and illustrative examples.
  • Focuses on the central debates and key theoretical advances.
  • Includes topics such as realism and social construction, discourse and rhetoric, objectivity, the role of experiment and theory, controversies, and the critique of science and technology.

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Book Description:

This volume provides a roadmap to the complex interdisciplinary terrain of science and technology studies. The book presents the historical background for this burgeoning field, focusing on the central debates and key theoretical advances. Topics include realism and social construction, discourse and rhetoric, objectivity, the role of experiment and theory, controversies, and the critique of science and technology. Distinctive in its attention to the underlying philosophical and sociological aspects of science and technology, and written specifically with students in mind, An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies is ideal for those new to this exciting and controversial area of study.

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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