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Science and Technology in Society : From Biotechnology to the Internet - Daniel Lee Kleiman

Science and Technology in Society

From Biotechnology to the Internet

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2005
ISBN: 9780631231813
Number Of Pages: 156

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This thoughtful and engaging text challenges the widely held notions that science exists outside of society, and that technology proceeds automatically down a singular and inevitable path. Through specific case studies involving contemporary debates, this book shows that science and technology are fundamental parts of, and undeniably shaped by, society. Drawing on concepts from political sociology, organizational analysis, and contemporary social theory, this book is a first-rate study of technoscience that places power, stratification, and discourse at its center. The author shows how social groups and organizations in powerful positions shape developments in technoscience in significant ways, and how new developments affect people differently depending on class, race, gender, and geographical location. Avoiding dense theoretical debate, this book is ideal for those seeking a fresh approach to science and technology studies.

?Kleinman has written a wise and instructive book that is certain to help the next generation of students from all disciplines understand the increasingly critical issues in science, technology, and society.? David Guston, Arizona State University

"An excellent book for an introduction to science and technology studies in the context of a social science survey course or seminar." Choice



1. Science is Political/ Technology is Social: Concerns, Concepts, and Questions.

Why is Thinking about Science and Technology so Hard?.

Technoscience is Social.

Technoscience is Political.

2. Ceding Debate: Biotechnology and Agriculture.

Biotechnology and the Social Organization of Agriculture and Agri-business.

The Discursive Landscape in the Debate over Biotechnology.


3. Rethinking Information Technology: Caught in the World Wide Web.

Understanding the Digital Divide.

High Technology Education.

Politics, Civil Action, and the Internet.


4. Owning Technoscience: Understanding the New Intellectual Property Battles.

Intellectual Property, Social Common Sense, and the Knowledge Commons.

Intellectual Property and the Information Technology Revolution.

Owning Life: Intellectual Property in Biological Materials.

Intellectual Property and Innovation.


5. Technoscience in the Third World: The Politics of Indigenous Resources.


Science, Technology, and Colonialism.

From Colonialism to Bio-Colonialism.

Towards Equity in the Exchange of Biological Resources.


6. Gender and the Ideology of Merit: Women, Men, Science, and Engineering.

?Merit? and Stratification in Science.

Women, Men, and Academic Science.

Women and Men in Science-Based Industry.

Beyond Stratification in Science and Engineering: Artifacts and Research as Gendered.


7. Democracy and Expertise: Citizenship in a High Tech Age.

The Limits to Expert Knowledge.

The Virtues of Lay Knowledge.

Barriers to Democratizing Technoscience and Expertise.

Strategies for Overcoming the Obstacles.


8. Confronting the Problem: A Summary and Coda.



ISBN: 9780631231813
ISBN-10: 0631231811
Series: Key Themes in Sociology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 1st September 2005
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 241.68 x 170.52  x 15.36
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1