Science Studies

Author: David J. Hess
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814773230
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Thrust into the public eye by the contentious "Science Wars"--played out most recently by physicist Alan Sokal's hoax--the nascent field of science studies takes on the political, historical, and cultural dimensions of technology and the sciences. Science Studies is the first comprehensive survey of the field, combining a concise overview of key concepts with an original and integrated framework. In the process of bringing disparate fields together under one tent, David J. Hess realizes the full promise of science studies, long uncomfortably squeezed into traditional disciplines. He provides a clear discussion of the issues and misunderstandings that have arisen in these interdisciplinary conversations. His survey is up-to-date and includes recent developments in philosophy, sociology, anthropology, history, cultural studies, and feminist studies. By moving from the discipline-bound blinders of a sociology, history, philosophy, or anthropology of science to a transdisciplinary field, science studies, Hess argues, will be able to provide crucial conceptual tools for public discussions about the role of science and technology in a democratic society.

Communication Science Theory and Research

Author: Marina Krcmar
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136288996
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This volume provides a graduate-level introduction to communication science, including theory and scholarship for masters and PhD students as well as practicing scholars. The work defines communication, reviews its history, and provides a broad look at how communication research is conducted. It also includes chapters reviewing the most frequently addressed topics in communication science. This book presents an overview of theory in general and of communication theory in particular, while offering a broad look at topics in communication that promote understanding of the key issues in communication science for students and scholars new to communication research. The book takes a predominantly "communication science" approach but also situates this approach in the broader field of communication, and addresses how communication science is related to and different from such approaches as critical and cultural studies and rhetoric. As an overview of communication science that will serve as a reference work for scholars as well as a text for the introduction to communication graduate studies course, this volume is an essential resource for understanding and conducting scholarship in the communication discipline.

Science and Technology Studies

Author: Stefan Beck (verst.)
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839421063
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Dieser Band ist die erste deutschsprachige sozialanthropologische Einführung in das Feld der Science and Technology Studies - ein Forschungsfeld, das sich der empirischen Untersuchung des alltäglichen Zusammenspiels von Wissenschaft, Technologie und gesellschaftlicher Ordnung widmet. Der sozialanthropologische Zugriff stellt neben den grundlegenden theoretischen und methodischen Aspekten klassische sowie neuere ethnographische Arbeiten in den Mittelpunkt und diskutiert die Bedeutung von Materialität, Wissen und Praxis sowie von Infrastrukturen und Klassifikationen für das Verständnis von Wissenschaft und Technik.

Schl sselwerke der Science Technology Studies

Author: Diana Lengersdorf
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531194550
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Die Science & Technology Studies sind ein interdisziplinäres und vor allem internationales Forschungsfeld, das sich mit den Wechselverhältnissen von Wissenschaft, Technik und Gesellschaft beschäftigt. In Theorie und Empirie erforschen sie die zunehmende Verwissenschaftlichung von Technik und Gesellschaft, die Technisierung von Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft sowie die Vergesellschaftung von Wissenschaft und Technik. Mit der Fokussierung auf ‚Wissenschaft und Technik in Aktion‘ ist die Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung gegenüber der Einhegung diverser Erkenntniszugänge skeptisch und sensibel gegenüber der In und Exklusion verschiedener Gruppen und Akteure innerhalb wissenschaftlicher Diskurse. Der vorliegende Band der „Schlüsselwerke der Science & Technology Studies“ leistet einen Beitrag, die Perspektiven der Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung im deutschsprachigen Raum sichtbarer zu machen und inhaltliche Impulse für Studium, Lehre und Forschung zu bieten.

Ideas Machines and Values

Author: Stephen H. Cutcliffe
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742500679
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Ideas, Machines, and Values is an introductory overview of the emergence of STS as a field of study, as well as a portrait of its current interests and concerns. The book examines the growth of STS from its birth inthe mid-1960's through its development as an interdisciplinary field to its present state. Also addressed are the questions 'Why should we study STS?' and 'In what direction should STS be headed?' This work is highly recommended for anyone interested in building a solid foundation for Science, Technology, and Society Studies.

An Introduction to Science Studies

Author: John M. Ziman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521346801
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The purpose of this book is to give a coherent account of the different perspectives on science and technology that are normally studied under various disciplinary heads such as philosophy of science, sociology of science and science policy. It is intended for students embarking on courses in these subjects and assumes no special knowledge of any science. It is written in a direct and simple style, and technical language is introduced very sparingly. As various perspectives are sketched out in this book, the reader moves towards a consistent conception of contemporary science as a rapidly changing social institution that has already grown out of its traditional forms and plays a central role in society at large. It will appeal to students in a wide range of scientific disciplines and complement well Professor Ziman's earlier books. -- from back cover.

Evaluating Alternative Cancer Therapies

Author: David J. Hess
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813525945
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At least half a million American cancer patients are using complementary and alternative medicine therapies such as dietary programmes, supplements, imagery and herbs, but little has been done to evaluate these therapies or to provide information about them to the public. As North American cancer rates in recent decades have risen so that a person's lifetime risk is now over one in three, the questions that patients and clinicians have about alternative treatments have continued to grow. How can patients and clinicians make sense of the various options?

Breathing Spaces

Author: Nancy N. Chen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231502214
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The charismatic form of healing called qigong, based on meditative breathing exercises, has achieved enormous popularity in China during the last two decades. Qigong served a critical social organizational function, as practitioners formed new informal networks, sometimes on an international scale, at a time when China was shifting from state-subsidized medical care to for-profit market medicine. The emergence of new psychological states deemed to be deviant led the Chinese state to "medicalize" certain forms while championing scientific versions of qigong. By contrast, qigong continues to be promoted outside China as a traditional healing practice. Breathing Spaces brings to life the narratives of numerous practitioners, healers, psychiatric patients, doctors, and bureaucrats, revealing the varied and often dramatic ways they cope with market reform and social changes in China.

Criminalization Representation Regulation

Author: Deborah Brock
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442607130
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What is a crime and how do we construct it? The answers to these questions are complex and entangled in a web of power relations that require us to think differently about processes of criminalization and regulation. This book draws on Foucault's concept of governmentality as a lens to analyze and critique how crime is understood, reproduced, and challenged. It explores the dynamic interplay between practices of representation, processes of criminalization, and the ways that these circulate to both reflect and constitute crime and "justice."

The Study of the Future

Author: Edward Cornish
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412839259
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This unique reference work - the companion volume to The Study of the Future- is designed to make the tools of future studies accessible to the general public as well as to professional futurists. Here for the first time in a single, convenient format are the organizations, individuals, books and periodicals, current research projects, educational programs, films, audio-tapes, and other resources that can help anyone concerned with exploring alternatives for the future.