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- DescriptionThis pioneering book, first published in 1987, launched the new field of social studies of techlogy. It introduced a method of inquiry--social construction of techlogy, or SCOT--that became a key part of the wider discipline of science and techlogy studies. The book helped the MIT Press shape its STS list and inspired the Inside Techlogy series. The thirteen essays in the book tell stories about such varied techlogies as thirteenth-century galleys, eighteenth-century cooking stoves, and twentieth-century missile systems. Taken together, they affirm the fruitfulness of an approach to the study of techlogy that gives equal weight to technical, social, ecomic, and political questions, and they demonstrate the illuminating effects of the integration of empirics and theory. The approaches in this volume--collectively called SCOT (after the volume's title) have since broadened their scope, and twenty-five years after the publication of this book, it is difficult to think of a techlogy that has t been studied from a SCOT perspective and impossible to think of a techlogy that cant be studied that way.
- Author BiographyWiebe E. Bijker is Professor of Technology and Society at the University of Maastricht. Trevor Pinch is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. Thomas P. Hughes is Emeritus Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication08/06/2012
- SubjectTechnology: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note53 figures
- Weight635 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byThomas P. Hughes,Trevor Pinch,Wiebe E. Bijker
- Foreword byDeborah G. Douglas
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition StatementAnniversary ed
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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