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. 

Chapter 6: Science and other Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Science and other Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Science and other indigenous knowledge systems
Helen Watson-Verran, David Turnbull

Knowledge Systems as Assemblages of Local Knowledge

Cross-cultural comparisons of knowledge and technology systems were a significant feature of STS studies during the 1960s and 1970s (Finnegan & Horton, 1973; Goody, 1977; Hollis & Lukes, 1982; Horton, 1967; Wilson, 1977)1 but ceased to be an active site of STS work during the 1980s. This retreat from cross-cultural studies is currently being reversed as fresh insights are gained from the intersections of the social study of science with anthropology, postmodernism, feminism, postcolonialism, literary theory, geography, and environmentalism.2 The characteristics of this renewed approach to the workings of systems of knowledge in disparate cultural contexts differ somewhat from those of past cross-cultural studies in ...

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