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. 

Theory and Methods
Theory and methods

The four pieces in this part are symbolic of the breadth of theoretical and methodological diversity that continues to drive science and technology studies. Although no single theoretical or methodological assumption dominates S&TS, a number of common themes recur throughout this part, and indeed throughout this Handbook.

The rich terrain of science studies is exemplified by Michel Callon's ambitious attempt to outline four models of scientific development that can be used to locate most of the central theoretical work in the field: (a) science as rational knowledge, (b) science as competition, (c) science as sociocultural practice, and (d) science as extended translation. A refreshing feature of this approach is that it produces some odd bedfellows. Thus one finds under the competition ...

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