Science parks are becoming established in increasing numbers in almost all parts of the world. Promoted as places on the frontiers of science where a new breed of scientist-entrepreneur invents a new future, extolled as high-status workplaces where a new style of employee and flexible labour process is in the making, they are seen as the potential saviours of local and national economies.
High-Tech Fantasies criticises the divisive hype of science parks arguing that both the theory and practice are unproductive for the economy and for any socially progressive science and technology. Questioning responsibility, innovation and symbolism, the authors explore the mutual determination of society, science and space.
`This is an important book. It adopts an unconventional stance as it seeks to explore the mystique of science and science parks … it carries powerful messages for policy-makers and industrialists alike.' - Service Industries Journal
`Provides a much-needed antidote to the mythology that has been built up around the science park phenomena.' - Environmental Planning
`High Tech Fantasies is worthwhile reading as social commentary, if not for its methodology. It covers a wide range of interesting and important topics. And, it raises some critical questions about the advisability of science parks as public policy.' - Tijdschrift voor Econ. en Soc. Geografie
`There is a great deal to appreciate and think about in this clearly written and exceptionally well-researched book. The blend between theory and empirical work is exemplary and the authors' demystifications can only assist those regions and societies considering their own versions of the science park.' - International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
`This book makes a valuable contribution to the debate which views science parks as being valuable instruments of public policy to promote economic development.' - New Technology, Work and Employment