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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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Rousseau and the Future of Freedom Life, Information and the Nature of Authority

Rousseau and the Future of Freedom: Life, Information and the Nature of Authority

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By Eric Deibel
October 10, 2022

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 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...

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
May 14, 2022

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
December 30, 2021

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 ...

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
December 07, 2021

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: ...

Apocalyptic Narratives Science, Risk and Prophecy

Apocalyptic Narratives: Science, Risk and Prophecy

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By Hauke Riesch
May 20, 2021

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 Sociology of Structural Disaster Beyond Fukushima

The Sociology of Structural Disaster: Beyond Fukushima

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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 ...

Big Data—A New Medium?

Big Data—A New Medium?

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Edited By Natasha Lushetich
November 27, 2020

Drawing on a range of methods from across science and technology studies, digital humanities and digital arts, this book presents a comprehensive view of the big data phenomenon. Big data architectures are increasingly transforming political questions into technical management by determining ...

Emotion in the Digital Age Technologies, Data and Psychosocial Life

Emotion in the Digital Age: Technologies, Data and Psychosocial Life

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By Darren Ellis, Ian Tucker
October 09, 2020

Emotion in the Digital Age examines how emotion is understood, researched and experienced in relation to practices of digitisation and datafication said to constitute a digital age. The overarching concern of the book is with how emotion operates in, through, and with digital technologies. The...

Blockchain and Web 3.0 Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges

Blockchain and Web 3.0: Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges

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Edited By Massimo Ragnedda, Giuseppe Destefanis
July 23, 2019

Blockchain is no longer just about bitcoin or cryptocurrencies in general. Instead, it can be seen as a disruptive, revolutionary technology which will have major impacts on multiple aspects of our lives. The revolutionary power of such technology compares with the revolution sparked by the World ...

Understanding Digital Events Bergson, Whitehead, and the Experience of the Digital

Understanding Digital Events: Bergson, Whitehead, and the Experience of the Digital

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Edited By David Kreps
May 30, 2019

This book introduces an events-based approach to understanding digital experience. Focusing on the event-ontologies of Bergson and Whitehead’s process metaphysics, it explores subjective experience and objective reality as unified ‘events’ in the form of concrete slabs of existence. Such slabs are ...

Science, Africa and Europe Processing Information and Creating Knowledge

Science, Africa and Europe: Processing Information and Creating Knowledge

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Edited By Martin Lengwiler, Nigel Penn, Patrick Harries
October 11, 2018

Historically, scientists and experts have played a prominent role in shaping the relationship between Europe and Africa. Starting with travel writers and missionary intellectuals in the 17th century, European savants have engaged in the study of nature and society in Africa. Knowledge about realms ...

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