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Science is a social practice. It intervenes in nature and politics. It shapes our ways of life and social and political realities. In this book the issue of politics is placed at the core of knowledge production. The objective is to offer tools and resources for critical reflection and analysis of the role of politics and the political in science and technology. The book provides a critical introduction to the field of science and technology studies (STS) and traces how different notions of the political as well as social movements have been central to shaping this interdisciplinary field of study. The book is also an anthology of articles written by leading scholars in the field today. The various articles provide examples of how political engagement is currently discussed and practiced in STS. They explore objects and places such as the Zimbabwean bush pump, fluorine pollution from an aluminium production site in Norway, scallops in the St.Brieuc bay, and the genetics of the Marfan's Syndrome in a hospital laboratory. The book is furthermore a meeting point between influential feminist contributions and important actor-network-studies in STS. It traces implications of these exchanges for the further development of the field.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9788274773004
ISBN-10: 8274773004
Format: Paperback
(170mm x 230mm x 23mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Oslo Academic Press
Publisher: Oslo Academic Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: Norway

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Author Biography - Kristin Asdal

Ingunn Moser is Professor of "Sociology" and Dean of the Department of Nursing of Diakonhjemmet University College in Oslo.

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