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The Sociology of the Sciences

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The Sociology of the Sciences

9781852789114 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Helga Nowotny, Fellow, Wissenschaftszentrum Wien, Austria and Klaus Taschwer, Freelance Journalist
Publication Date: 1996 ISBN: 978 1 85278 911 4 Extent: 1,152 pp
The Sociology of the Sciences represents one of the most vivid fields in the social sciences today. From a former subfield of sociology, social studies of science and technology (STS) have transformed into a transdisciplinary field of research in its own right – reflecting the still growing dynamics of techno-science in modern societies.

The two volume set, The Sociology of the Sciences, is an attempt to map out the broad range of contemporary studies covered in this transdisciplinary research field. The ten sections in the two volumes include selected articles from the most relevant areas of contemporary social studies of science, ranging from studies of scientific knowledge to science policy issues, from the gender-related questions in science to the relations between science and the public.

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The Sociology of the Sciences represents one of the most vivid fields in the social sciences today. From a former subfield of sociology, social studies of science and technology (STS) have transformed into a transdisciplinary field of research in its own right – reflecting the still growing dynamics of techno-science in modern societies.

The two volume set, The Sociology of the Sciences, is an attempt to map out the broad range of contemporary studies covered in this transdisciplinary research field. The ten sections in the two volumes include selected articles from the most relevant areas of contemporary social studies of science, ranging from studies of scientific knowledge to science policy issues, from the gender-related questions in science to the relations between science and the public.
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Contributors include: D. Bloor, M. Callon, Y. Elkana, L. Fleck, E.F. Keller, B. Latour,A. Pickering, D. Nelkin, H. Newby, E. Mendelsohn, H. Vessuri, B. Wynne
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Contents: Volume I: 1. Classical Accounts: From a Sociology of Knowledge to a Sociology of the Sciences 2. Scientific Communities between Collaboration and Competition 3. Gendered Science and Technology 4. Sociologies of Scientific Knowledge: The Lab and Beyond 5. Representational Practices in Science • Volume II: 1. Communicating with the Public 2. Understanding Technology 3. The Public Policy of Science 4. Institutionalised Practices and Organizational Interfaces of Research 5. Sociology and Social Studies of the Sciences: Towards a Postmodern Synthesis?
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