An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies, SecondEdition reflects Sergio Sismondo teaches Philosophy and Sociology at Queen’s. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Sergio Sismondo and others published An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. An introduction to science and technology studies / Sergio Sismondo. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN (hardcover: alk.

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It is only applicable through a new set of manipulations introduuction adapt it once again to those local circumstances or adapt those local circumstances to it.

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Its successes, as a theory of science, tech- nology, and everything else, have been mostly bound up in its relational materialism. Trust is an essential feature of scientific and technological work, in that researchers rely upon findings and arguments made by people they have never met, and about whom they may know almost nothing.

It is universal in the sense that in its artificiality and abstraction it is not firmly rooted to particular locations.

Request an Evaluation Copy for this title. Inrroduction are typically the result of many different innovations, some of which might nor- mally be considered technical, some economic, some social, and some political. Added to Your Shopping Cart. Unlike a lot of similar books, the writing style is very clear and it was a pleasure to read, despite it being so content dense.

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In practice, though, actor-network analyses tend to downplay any agency that non- humans might have e. I feel reassured that some books and articles studes I have identified from elsewhere are listed here as foundational, and I gained even wn insight from finding new references.

Latour says, “A little bit of constructivism takes you far away from realism; a complete constructivism brings you back to it” Latour Not eveiy fuel ignited. The index and references immensely help readers desiring to learn more. As a result, there is no a pri- ori definition of good and bad ideas, good and bad technologies.

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An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

Pasteur’s an- thrax vaccine is the subject of an early statement of ANT Latourand his broader campaign. I don’t agree with every position that Sismondo puts forward, but I do agree with the overall picture he paints. The theory is easy to apply to, and productive of insights in, an apparently limitless number of cases.

Opportunistic science, even science that transforms cultures and introdhction, is an introdction to appropriately combine and recom- bine cultural resources to achieve scientists’ goals.

This type of picture assumes a reality that is prior to the work of scientists, engi- neers, and any other actors.

Representing both human and non-human actors, and treating them in the same relational terms, is one way of prompt- ing full analyses, analyses that do not discriminate against any part of the ecologies of scientific facts and technological objects.

I read the 2nd edition of this book.

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Summary “This volume provides a roadmap to the complex interdisciplinary terrain of science and technology studies. And this constructivism runs against the Actor-Network Theory 73 arguments of realists that at least some things have real and intrinsic prop- erties, no matter where in any network they sit.

An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies by Sergio Sismondo

Andre rated it really liked it Sep 15, Questions of Sources and Impetus. The remainder of this chapter is devoted to criticisms of the theory. And its claims about the relationality of materials mean that its applications are often coun- ter-intuitive. Engineers educated in the Ecole Polytechnique in France trust each other’s judgments Porterjust as do engineers educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology e. introdcution

Yet scientific knowledge is not universal introdution its immediate scope is limited to the artificial and abstract domains from which it comes — though there is always a possibility of its extension. Refresh and try again.

You also may like to try some of these bookshopswhich may or may not sell this item. Electrons, elections, and everything in between are fair game in the build- ing of networks. Historians and other theo- rists of technology have argued that there are technological knowledge traditions that are independent of scientific knowledge traditions, and that to understand the artifacts one needs to understand those knowledge tra- ditions.