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Science, Technology, and Society: A Sociological Approach 1st Edition

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“In clear and understandable language, this introduction to STS brings home the point that science and technology are social constructions by human communities. Its applications range from science’s border with religion, to cyborgs, robots, and new reproductive technologies. Students will quickly turn on to what STS is all about.” Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania


“Amidst the science wars this book reads as a peace treaty: skillfully navigating between the sirens of absolutism and relativism, the authors lead the reader into the land of technoscience." Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

“…recommend[ed] for its robust and engaging argument, political concerns and ambitions, and challenge to readers to explore their own beliefs and experiment with new visions.”
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Science, Technology, and Society: A Sociological Approach is a comprehensive guide to the emergent field of science, technology, and society studies and its implications for today's culture and society. Written in an accessible style, and designed especially for students, the book emphasizes the sociological sciences as the foundation for STS studies. It opens with a discussion of current STS topics, research tools, and theories, and tackles some of the most urgent issues on the STS agenda: power and culture, race, gender, colonialism, the internet, cyborgs and robots, and biotechnology. Case studies highlight particular ideas and their practical application. A glossary and further reading suggestions complete Science, Technology, and Society, making it an indispensable introduction to a controversial area of inquiry.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (August 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631232109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631232100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Limar on December 4, 2013
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I love this book simply because it give and idea how technology, science and society are all linked to each other and how they impact to our lives. I also have professor who teaching me this class and she also wrote this book. Recommend it! by the way kindle version more comfortable to read because navigation thru chapters.
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Purchased this book for class, did not much care for it. I was expecting something a little different based on the cover but the book fell short. I wish the book provided more details on the technological side instead of heavily on the societal side. Provides some interesting approaches for thinking in a sociological manner.
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For starters, this was a required textbook for a college course I was taking and the instructor is an author.
This book is mostly a cause and effect piece on technology and 75% of it is common sense like "typewriters destroyed job opportunities for scribes." The other 25% is opinion that is presented as fact and backed up with almost no evidence.

As I was forced to read this garbage, I just kept getting the notion that the authors thought what they were writing was so incredibly profound instead of it being the most obvious concepts I have ever had to read.

It did however ship very quickly and was in nice condition and stuff. This would have been a great experience if I had just accidentally gotten a Dr. Suess book instead because it might have actually broaden my knowledge base more so.

I'd recommend this book to a 10-12 year old with a great vocabulary because the concepts are geared for that age but the word choice is a little pretentious. But if you have to take this for a college course I would just search for it online and use CTRL-F whenever it gets referenced in assignments. I took the class online and wish that I had done that.
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As introductory works go, this book is terrible. While the authors are honest about the fact that they are sociologists, they are not at all clear on what kinds of biases this results in in their treatment. Although they manage passingly well to enthuse the reader for the field, they over-sociologize almost everything, spend large amounts of text on remarks that are either not pertinent to the discussion or too vague to be meaningful statements, while they meanwhile quickly mention other topics that are far more controversial than they imply.
They suggest that they do not want to get "caught up" in the science wars, but do suggest that they see science as to be understood only in social terms, while being largely uncritical of the notion that the social is just as much of a social construct as everything else, preferring to reify it instead, as though it is the "rock bottom" of useful/meaningful analysis of the social, intersubjective world. They try to mention far too many subjects that they don't actually treat in any amount of detail, which is very noticeable once you've noticed it once or twice, and similarly their argumentation for asserting that certain processes play a role is almost always horribly vague, while the examples they supply are often not even to the point.
Basically, it reads as though they have no idea yet how to construct a convincing argument, or that they prefer giving vague hints (about how "power structures" control, or determine, or whatever a field, as though all power structures really are the same, have the same influence, etc.) over actual analysis. This, however, is not the way to do science. It's fine that influence is hard to measure directly, but this does not mean that you have a licence to write anything. Insightful analysis is a virtue in any part of life (except 'religion', i.e. Dogma).
While the authors seem more or less sympathetic, I cannot conscionably recommend their book, and especially not as an introduction into STS.
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