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Sciences and Cultures : Anthropological and Historical Studies of the Sciences - E. Mendelsohn

Sciences and Cultures

Anthropological and Historical Studies of the Sciences

By: E. Mendelsohn (Editor), Yehuda Elkana (Editor)

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Published: 31st July 1981
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Anthropological approaches to the sciences have developed as part of a broader tradition concerned about the place of the sciences in today's world and in some basic sense concerned with questions about the legitimacy of the sciences. In the years since the second World War, we have seen the emergence of a number of different attempts both to analyze and to cope with the successes of the sciences, their broad penetration into social life, and the sense of problem and crisis that they have projected. Among the of movements concerned about the earlier responses were the development social responsibility of scientists and technological practitioners. There is little doubt that this was a direct outgrowth of the role of science in the war epitomized by the successful construction and catastrophic use of the atomic bomb. The recognition of the deep social utility of science, and especially its role as an instrument of war, fostered curiosity about the earlier developĀ­ ment of scientific disciplines and institutional forms. The history of science as an explicit diSCipline with full-time practitioners can be seen as an attempt to locate science in temporal space - first in its intellectual form and secondĀ­ ly in its institutional or social form. The sociology of science, while certainly having roots in the pre-war work of Robert K.

A Programmatic Attempt at an Anthropology of Knowledge.- On the Boundaries of Science in Seventeenth-Century England.- What Should We Do with the Monster?: Electromagnetism and the Psychosociology of Knowledge.- Science and Modern Chinese Culture.- The Meaning Context of Illness and Care: Reflections on a Central Theme in the Anthropology of Medicine.- The Semantics of Medical Discourse.- The Necessity of Field Methods in the Study of Scientific Research.- Anthropological Perspectives in the Sociology of Science.

ISBN: 9789027712356
ISBN-10: 9027712352
Series: Advances in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 31st July 1981
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.42