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Chapter 8: Engineering Studies
PERHAPS the most significant contribution of research in engineering studies is that it provides case studies of life on the constructed social boundaries between science and society and between labor and capital. Engineering knowledge, for example, appears to be neither purely scientific nor only social but somehow a combination of the two. As the term applied science has long suggested, albeit misleadingly, knowledge-producing activities in engineering appear to occupy a double location both inside and outside of science. At the same time, engineering work appears somehow to be a combination of the activities of labor and the activities of capital. In positions that vary from country to country, engineers regularly find themselves grappling with ambiguities engendered by ...