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 V: Communicating Science and Technology
The processes by which science and technology are communicated have provided the basis for some of the most innovative analyses by practitioners of science and technology studies. Scholars have challenged, and in some cases turned on its head, our “commonsense” understandings about how scientific and technical knowledge is constructed and transmitted. Particularly useful insights have been provided by those S&TS scholars who have treated science just as any other literary form through an analysis of its language, style, and rhetorical structure.
Recent works on the discourse and rhetoric of science have explored the power of unconventional or “new” literary forms to break down our expectations about distinctions between form and content and to provide opportunities for reflexivity. Malcolm Ashmore, ...