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Science in Society - Matthew David

Science in Society


Published: 1st April 2005
For Ages: 9+ years old
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Science/Technoscience has moved to center stage in debates over change, power and justice in twenty-first century societies. This text provides a general framework for understanding, combining and applying the rich range of approaches that exist within sociology about science: in particular, the role (and limitations) of science in generating knowledge, and the relationship between scientific knowledge and social progress. Drawing on case studies such as the genetics and computing "revolutions," this is a clear, even-handed and comprehensive introduction to the field.

'One of the best introductions I have seen to science studies. Giving more than just a pedantic survey, Matthew David provides a rich and detailed understanding of how social science can address natural science, and offers his own perspective on salient controversies in science.' - Professor Stanley Aronowitz, Graduate Centre, City University of New York 'Matthew David's book is a good place to learn about the many approaches to the sociology of science without being trapped by any one academic fashion.' - Professor Harry Collins, Cardiff University 'The outstanding merits of the text are its extraordinary breadth of coverage of literature and its citation of case studies. An impressive text with an original perspective.' - Professor Barry Barnes, University of Exeter 'Bravo! At last a text in the social studies of science which refuses to fall into the micro/macro divide in the field, but instead seeks to bring perspectives together.' - Professor Hilary Rose, City University, London

Science: Risk, Authority and Democracy
The Emergence of a Sociology of Science Science and Institutional Interests: The Strong Programme and Beyond
Science and Language/Interaction: Ethnography and Discourse
Science and Capitalism: Critical Theory and Critical Realism
Science and Patriarchy: Women as Subjects/Objects of Science
Putting Perspectives Together
The Way Ahead: The Revolution in Computing
Second Nature: The Revolution in Genetics
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ISBN: 9780333993484
ISBN-10: 0333993489
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st April 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1