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Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

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Books in this series consider social science aspects of science studies. Authors discuss how science is socially situated and mediated, how science and technology are shaped by society and society by science and technology. Books will consider the social impact of new technologies.

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AI and Common Sense Ambitions and Frictions

AI and Common Sense: Ambitions and Frictions

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Edited By Martin W. Bauer, Bernard Schiele
June 28, 2024

Common Sense is the endless frontier in the development of Artificial Intelligence, but what exactly is Common Sense, can we replicate it in algorithmic form, and if we can – should we? Bauer, Schiele, and their contributors from a range of disciplines, analyse the nature of Common Sense, and the ...

Rousseau and the Future of Freedom Science, Technology and the Nature of Authority

Rousseau and the Future of Freedom: Science, Technology and the Nature of Authority

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By Eric Deibel
May 27, 2024

This book examines Rousseau’s conception of freedom and its significance for our modern technological world. Drawing on Rousseau’s thought to explore the changing nature of authority, science and technology in modern society, the book’s approach points to how Rousseau had a tragic conception of ...

The Color of Precision Medicine

The Color of Precision Medicine

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By Shirley Sun, Zoe Ong
April 23, 2024

Will genome-based precision medicine fix the problem of race/ethnicity-based medicine? To answer this question, Sun and Ong propose the concept of racialization of precision medicine, defined as the social processes by which racial/ethnic categories are incorporated (or not) into the development, ...

How Citizens View Science Communication Pathways to Knowledge

How Citizens View Science Communication: Pathways to Knowledge

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Edited By Carolina Moreno-Castro, Aneta Krzewińska, Małgorzata Dzimińska
March 21, 2024

Science communication aims at the successful sharing and explanation of sciencerelated topics to a wider audience. In order to enhance communication between science and society, a better understanding of citizens’ habits and perceptions is needed. Therefore, it is vital to understand how citizens ...

Public Communication of Research Universities ‘Arms Race’ for Visibility or Science Substance?

Public Communication of Research Universities: ‘Arms Race’ for Visibility or Science Substance?

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Edited By Marta Entradas, Martin W. Bauer
January 29, 2024

This book analyses communication of university research institutes, with a focus on science communication. Advancing the ‘decentralisation hypothesis’, it asserts that communication structures are increasingly built also at ‘subordinate unit’ levels of research universities. The book presents a ...

Distributed Perception Resonances and Axiologies

Distributed Perception: Resonances and Axiologies

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Edited By Natasha Lushetich, Iain Campbell
September 25, 2023

Who, what, and where perceives, and how? What are the sedimentations, inscriptions, and axiologies of animal, human, and machinic perception/s? What are their perceptibilities? Deleuze uses the word ‘visibilities’ to indicate that visual perception isn’t just a physiological given but cues ...

The Sociomaterial Construction of Users 3D Printing and the Digitalization of the Prosthetics Industry

The Sociomaterial Construction of Users: 3D Printing and the Digitalization of the Prosthetics Industry

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By David Seibt
June 09, 2023

This book explores the intricate connections that link the current digitalization of manufacturing to our daily lives and identities as members of highly technologized societies. Based on extensive research on the prosthetics industry in Germany, the US, Canada, and Haiti, the author analyzes the ...

Questing Excellence in Academia A Tale of Two Universities

Questing Excellence in Academia: A Tale of Two Universities

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By Knut H. Sørensen, Sharon Traweek
May 31, 2023

Unlike almost most other studies of neoliberal universities and academic capitalism this book ethnographically explores and interprets those transformations and their contradictions empirically in the everyday practices of students, faculty members, and administrators at two public universities: ...

Innovation in Crisis Management

Innovation in Crisis Management

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Edited By Chiara Fonio, Adam Widera, Tomasz Zwęgliński
February 10, 2023

This book deals with how to measure innovation in crisis management, drawing on data, case studies, and lessons learnt from different European countries. The aim of this book is to tackle innovation in crisis management through lessons learnt and experiences gained from the implementation of mixed...

Apocalyptic Narratives Science, Risk and Prophecy

Apocalyptic Narratives: Science, Risk and Prophecy

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By Hauke Riesch
January 09, 2023

Linking literature from the sociological study of the apocalyptic with the sociology and philosophy of science, Apocalyptic Narratives explores how the apocalyptic narrative frames and provides meaning to contemporary, secular and scientific crises focussing on nuclear war, general environmental ...

The Policies and Politics of Interdisciplinary Research Nanomedicine in France and in the United States

The Policies and Politics of Interdisciplinary Research: Nanomedicine in France and in the United States

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By Séverine Louvel
May 30, 2022

Interdisciplinary research centers are blooming in almost every university, and interdisciplinary research is expected to be a cure-all for the ills of academic science. Do disciplines still matter? To what extent are interdisciplinary problem-solving approaches driven by socioeconomic stakeholders...

The Sociology of “Structural Disaster” Beyond Fukushima

The Sociology of “Structural Disaster”: Beyond Fukushima

1st Edition

By Miwao Matsumoto
March 30, 2021

How and why did credible scientists, engineers, government officials, journalists, and others collectively give rise to a drastic failure to control the threat to the population of the Fukushima disaster? Why was there no effort on the part of inter-organizational networks, well-coordinated in the ...

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