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Science and Technology Studies, History of
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3945-0183
2015 (English)In: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences / [ed] James D. Wright, Oxford: Elsevier, 2015, 2nd, 200-205 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS) has only emerged in the late 1970s but has been influenced by various lines of thought in sociology, philosophy, and economics. At its basis is the claim that not only the social institution of science or the impact of technological change on society is open to social analysis but also the very content of science and engineering, i.e., scientific facts and technological objects. This article sketches out the development of STS from its roots, among others in the sociology of knowledge and history of technology, to contemporary issues such as the problem of expertise and transformations in the production of knowledge.

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Oxford: Elsevier, 2015, 2nd. 200-205 p.
Keyword [en]
Science and Technology Studies, Actor-network theory; Gender and technology; Laboratory studies; Public understanding of science; Science, technology, and society; Science and public policy; Science studies; Scientific controversies; Scientific expertise; Social construction of technology; Social shaping of technology; Sociology of scientific knowledge; Sociotechnical systems
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119740DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.03064-6ISBN: 978-0-08-097087-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-119740DiVA: diva2:826633
Available from: 2015-06-25 Created: 2015-06-25 Last updated: 2015-08-13

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