For the most current, comprehensive resource in this rapidly evolving field, look no further than the Revised Edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. This masterful volume is the first resource in more than 15 years to define, summarize, and synthesize this complex multidisciplinary, international field. Tightly edited with contributions by an internationally recognized team of leading scholars, this volume addresses the crucial contemporary issues—both traditional and nonconventional—social studies, political studies, and humanistic studies in this changing field. Containing theoretical essays, extensive literature reviews, and detailed case studies, this remarkable volume clearly sets the standard for the field. It does nothing less than establish itself as the benchmark, one that will carry the field well into the next century.
Part IV: Constructing Technology
One of the most notable developments in S&TS over the last decade has been called “the turn to technology.” In the same way that sociologists of science earlier opened the “black box” of science, this new scholarship has opened the black box of technology. Rather than examining the impact of technology upon society, the arrow has been reversed; researchers now investigate how society gets into technology—in short, how technology is socially shaped or constructed.
As well as reviewing the burgeoning literature in technology studies, Wiebe Bijker offers a case study of the development of one of the most ambitious technological systems in the Netherlands—the complex of coastal defense systems that keeps the Netherlands as a country “afloat.” Bijker's chapter is laced throughout with ...