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Science in Society

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Science/Technoscience has moved to centre-stage in debates over change, power and justice in twenty-first century societies. This text provides a general framework for understanding, combining and applying the rich range of...

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Science/Technoscience has moved to centre-stage in debates over change, power and justice in twenty-first century societies. This text provides a general framework for understanding, combining and applying the rich range of approaches that exist within sociology about science: in particular, the role (and limitations) of science in generating knowledge, and the relationship between scientific knowledge and social progress. Drawing on case studies from the past up until today's new genetics, this is a clear, even-handed and comprehensive introduction to the field.

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In a field that is very fractured by opposed theoretical positions, this book offers a welcome overview and synthesis
The book has a clearly defined structure and easily accessible approach for the student, using a range of supplementary examples and case studies
Science and Technoscience are topical issues in society, and include subjects such as genetics, cloning and public trust in science

PART ONE: EMERGENCE AND INNOVATION
An Introduction to Issues and Forebears
The Perspective of this Book: Reflexive Epistemological Diversity
Risk and Technoscience: The Fusion of Society, Science and Technology Today
PART TWO: THEORETICAL APPROACHES
Science and Institutional Interests: The Strong Programme and Beyond
Science and Language/Interaction: Ethnography and Discourse
Science and Capitalism: Critical Theory and Critical Realism
Science and Patriarchy: Women as Subjects/Objects of Science
PART THREE: CASE STUDIES
Second Nature: Genetic Modification and Commodification of the Non-Human
Human Nature? Human Behaviour and Genetic Determinism
Medical Genetics and Human Health
PART FOUR:
Conclusions: Reflexive Epistemological Diversity (RED)
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MATTHEW DAVID is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Plymouth, UK. He has researched constructions of environmentalism, new electronic data service in education, and the effectiveness of internet challenges to rural social exclusion, and is the author of many articles, publishing in Sociological Research Online, the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, New Genetics and Society, Telematics and Informatics, Radical Philosophy, Current Sociology, and elsewhere.

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MATTHEW DAVID is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Plymouth, UK. He has researched constructions of environmentalism, new electronic data service in education, and the effectiveness of internet challenges to rural social exclusion, and is the author of many articles, publishing in Sociological Research Online, the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, New Genetics and Society, Telematics and Informatics, Radical Philosophy, Current Sociology, and elsewhere.

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