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 VII: Science, Technology, and the State
Postwar studies of science policy and politics presumed an institutional separateness between science, technology, and the state that permitted each to be construed as an independent actor equipped with its own interests, resources, normative commitments, and internal political dynamics. Researchers operating with the familiar taxonomy of “policy for science” and “science in policy” rarely questioned the nature of the boundary between the modern state and one of its most powerful institutional supports. Recent work in science studies has rendered this picture highly problematic by calling attention to the multiple, mutually constitutive, and mutually reinforcing relationships in which science and technology engage with the state. In current STS scholarship, it is almost unthinkable that “knowledge” and “power” ...