Routledge Handbook of Science, Technology, and Society
Over the last decade or so, the field of science and technology studies (STS) has become an intellectually dynamic interdisciplinary arena. Concepts, methods, and theoretical perspectives are being drawn both from long-established and relatively young disciplines. From its origins in philosophical and political debates about the creation and use of scientific knowledge, STS has become a wide and deep space for the consideration of the place of science and technology in the world, past and present.
The Routledge Handbook of Science, Technology and Society seeks to capture the dynamism and breadth of the field by presenting work that pushes the reader to think about science and technology and their intersections with social life in new ways. The interdisciplinary contributions by international experts in this handbook are organized around six topic areas:
- consuming technoscience
- science as work
- rules and standards
This volume highlights a range of theoretical and empirical approaches to some of the persistent – and new – questions in the field. It will be useful for students and scholars throughout the social sciences and humanities, including in science and technology studies, history, geography, critical race studies, sociology, communications, women’s and gender studies, anthropology, and political science.
"This Handbook shows how power relations are both exercised and disguised through apparently neutral expertise or artefacts, as well as how such linkages are disrupted by subaltern groups. The articles offer STS methods for critical analysis to learn from struggles for social justice and to inform them." - Les Levidow, Editor, Science as Culture
"This timely set of essays results in much more than a summary of a field; it is an incisive and forward-looking collection, offering a substantive journey into new directions in STS scholarship today. The book will be widely read for its diversity of approaches, yet coherence of chapters that together challenge a rethinking of sociotechnical processes as they unfold in major areas of contemporary public debate." - Laura Mamo, Author of Queering Reproduction
Covering the domains of embodiment, consuming technoscience, digitization, environments, science as work, and rules and standards, the Handbook offers a fresh new way of organizing scholarship that investigates the relations between science, technology and society. A valuable addition to the literature, the Handbook highlights cutting edge research areas, paying particular attention to the institutional dimensions of science, cultural contexts and values, and issues of scale. - Kelly Joyce, Drexel University, Director, Center for Science, Technology and Society