Alternative Pathways in Science and Industry: Activism, Innovation, and the Environment in an Era of Globalizaztion by David J. Hess (Paperback, 2007)
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- DescriptionIn Alternative Pathways in Science and Industry, David Hess examines how social movements and other forms of activism affect invation in science, techlogy, and industry. Synthesizing and extending work in social studies of science and techlogy, social movements, and globalization, Hess explores the interaction of grassroots environmental action and mainstream industry and offers a conceptual framework for understanding it.Hess proposes a theory of scientific and techlogical change that considers the roles that both industry and grassroots consumers play in setting the research agenda in science and techlogy, and he identifies alternative pathways by which social movements can influence scientific and techlogical invation. He analyzes four of these pathways: industrial opposition movements, organized against targeted techlogies (as in the campaign against nuclear energy); techlogy- and product-oriented movements, which press for alternatives (as does the organic food movement); localism, which promotes local ownership (as in buy-local campaigns); and access pathways, which support a more equitable distribution of resources. Within each pathway, Hess examines reforms in five different areas: agriculture, energy, waste and manufacturing, infrastructure, and finance. The book's theoretical argument and empirical evidence demonstrate the complex pattern of incorporation (of grassroots invations) and transformation (of alternative ownership structures and the alternative products themselves) that has characterized the relationship of industry and activism. Hess's analysis of alternative pathways to change suggests ways ecomic organizations could shift to a more just and sustainable course in the twenty-first century.
- Author BiographyDavid J. Hess is Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Director of the Program in Ecological Economics, Values, and Policy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of Alternative Pathways in Science and Industry (MIT Press, 2007) and many other books.
- PrizesWinner of American Sociological Association Science, Knowledge & Technology Section Robert K. Merton Award 2009.
- Author(s)David J. Hess
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication11/05/2007
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Series TitleUrban and Industrial Environments
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note1 illus.
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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