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. 

Coming of Age in STS: Some Methodological Musings

Coming of age in STS: Some methodological musings
Gary Bowden

MARGARET Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa examines the link between formative childhood experiences and adult personality traits. This chapter argues that STS, as a scholarly enterprise, has come of age. Having passed through its formative infant experiences, the field is ready to adopt an adult personality. Unfortunately, both past and current STS research practice displays methodological confusion more symptomatic of an adolescent identity crisis than of a stable adult personality.1

This chapter sorts through the pandemonium of competing methodologies and charts a course toward a stable identity for the field. The first section provides a diagnosis. It argues (a) that there exist three distinct methods of explanation within STS, ...

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