An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies, SecondEdition reflects Sergio Sismondo teaches Philosophy and Sociology at Queen’s. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Sergio Sismondo and others published An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. An introduction to science and technology studies / Sergio Sismondo. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN (hardcover: alk.

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And this constructivism runs against the Actor-Network Theory 73 arguments of realists that at least some things have real and intrinsic prop- erties, no matter where in any network they sit.

That is, no one of them is crucial in advance. Practices and cultures provide the context and structure for scientific opportunism.

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Eliezer Geisler – – Quorum Books. Data, for example, is valued as a form of representation because it is supposed to be the direct result of interactions with the natural world. That said, I feel it is impossible to deny that social construction is a fundamental part of how human understanding evolves. Published August 25th by Wiley-Blackwell first stidies July 28th Features numerous empirical studies and illustrative examples.

Toward an Epistemology of Nano-Technosciences. Data-level representations are themselves juxtaposed to form new relationships that are summarized and otherwise manipulated to form higher-level representations, repre- sentations that are more general and further tecnhology their objects. Sdience permission to reuse content from this site. Latour describes the efforts of the engineer Rudolf Diesel to build an studiess new type of engine: S Book English Show 0 more libraries Home All editions This editionEnglish, Book edition: Added to PP index Total downloads 24, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 9 57, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?


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An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies by Sergio Sismondo

Science — Social aspects. Technology — Social aspects. An introduction to science and technology studies. So what is happening?

An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies, 2nd Edition

Alix J rated it liked it Apr 05, The remainder of this chapter is devoted to criticisms of the theory. Includes bibliographical references p. Separate different tags with a comma. Its insistent focus on the materiality of relations creates research problems that can be solved.

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An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

University of Technology Sydney. I now feel that I have a general grasp of the topic sufficient to make it easier for me to develop an overall understanding of STS. At the same time, judgments about which skills are most likely to be productive will depend upon the theories that prevail, and thus choices about theories can redefine the culture and practices of the field. Representing both human and non-human actors, and treating them in the same relational terms, is one way of prompt- ing full analyses, analyses that do not discriminate against any part of the ecologies of scientific facts and technological objects.

The stories that result miss work being done by other ac- 72 Actor-Network Theory tors, miss structures that prevent others from participating, and miss non- central perspectives. Jos rated it really liked it Jun 18, It fills a gap between Annual Review articles – which are highly useful but techjology short to cover either an entire field or the history of a field – and overstuffed textbooks tecchnology contain either too much information poorly organized, or are too simplistic.


Philosophy, Rhetoric, and the End of Knowledge: As Latour jokes, the gap between representa- tion and the world, a way of seeing a standard philosophical problem, is reduced by scientists to a few millimeters.

Topics include realism and social construction, introdction and rhetoric, objectivity, the role of experiment and theory, controversies, and the critique of science and technology. The Unnaturalness of Science and Technology Excellent introductory text which covers a wide interdisciplinary breadth while remaining quite accessible.

Cultural networks do not fit neatly into the network framework offered by ANT. Skip to main content. While ANT is thoroughly materialist, it is also built on a relational ontol- ogy; it is based on a relational materiality Law In the spirit of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Latour asks how Pasteur could be seen as the central cause of a revolution iin medicine and public health,: On the one hand, ANT’s relationalism would seem to turn everything into an out- come of network-building.

Researchers will more highly value a theory the exploration of which demands skills, such as mathemati- cal skills, that they already have or can easily obtain.

My only criticism would be that I found there were places where some background knowledge was assumed – fine if you are not a completely beginner, but if you know nothing about the field you may have to google a few things.