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Deciphering Science and Technology : The Social Relations of Expertise - Maureen McNeil

Deciphering Science and Technology

The Social Relations of Expertise

By: Maureen McNeil (Editor), Ian Varcoe (Editor), Steven Yearley (Editor)

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This book has its origins in the annual conference of the British Sociological Association in 1987, held in the University of Leeds on the theme "Science, Technology and Society". The papers are a selection from among those presented in Leeds and explore aspects of the current scientific-technological "revolution". Some popular ideas are challenged and so too, implicitly, are certain large-scale social scientific theories claiming to have discerned in science and technology an overall meaning. The studies follow a sequence, beginning with the demonstration of different levels of methodological approach, continuing with forms of new technology at work, and concluding with instances of scientific research and its application and of professional practice. Each study is empirical in nature, the fruit in some cases of many years of enquiry. Complexity and subtlety of issue and outcome are the main emphases of "Deciphering Science and Technology", the cumulative effect of which is to show how involved science and technology are with the workings of society today, and how, because of this, their "human" side requires disciplined and painstaking unravelling - or deciphering.

Acknowledgements - Notes on the Contributors - Introduction: The Centrality of Science and Technology; I.Varcoe & S.Yearley - The State, War and Technical Innovation in Great Britain, 1930-50: The Contrasts of Military and Civil Industry; D.Edgerton - Who Gets Science Education; A.Kelly - Conceptions of British Employment Re-structuring in the 1980s; A.Pollert - Unhealthy Displays? Trade Unions, VDUs and the Social Construction of a Health Hazard; P.Glasner & D.Travis - New Technology and the Self-Disciplined Worker in the Insurance Industry; D.Knights & A.Sturdy - The Automation of Grain Terminal Elevators in Canada; J.Novek - The Incorporation of Biotechnology into Plant Breeding in Cambridge; A.Webster - The Story of r2: Interest, Enrolment and Analogy in a Public Health Debate; M.Bartley - The Conduct of Medical Consultations in an Echocardiography Unit; J.Daly, I.McDonald & E.Willis - Index

ISBN: 9780333465547
ISBN-10: 0333465547
Series: Explorations in Sociology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 6th February 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.81  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2