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Inside Technology

Inside Technology combines the traditional strengths of the history of technology with the methodology and insights gained in the sociology of scientific knowledge, and thus provides a deeper understanding of the social processes underlying technology. A crucial aspect of the series is the absence of both disciplinary and theoretical agendas. Because of the multifaceted nature of technology, insights from a variety of disciplines are vital to understanding the content and context of technology—engineering, the natural sciences, history, sociology, economics, political science, and anthropology. It does not promote any single conceptual framework over another; rather the goal is to stimulate a variety of perspectives that address the social shaping of technology.

The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

The fight for the future of the city street between pedestrians, street railways, and promoters of the automobile between 1915 and 1930.

An Essay on Technical Democracy

A call for a new form of democracy in which “hybrid forums” composed of experts and laypeople address such sociotechnical controversies as hazardous waste, genetically modified organisms, and nanotechnology.

Creating New Kinds of Collaboration

A proposal for a new framework for fostering collaborations across disciplines, addressing both theory and practical applications.

Video Stores and the Invention of Movies on Video

How the VCR was transformed from a machine that records television into a medium for movies.

Innovation in a Fragile Future

An influential scholar in science studies argues that innovation tames the insatiable and limitless curiosity driving science, and that society’s acute ambivalence about this is an inevitable legacy of modernity.

Science, Society, and Ecological Design

The relationship between ignorance and surprise and a conceptual framework for dealing with the unexpected, as seen in ecological design projects.

Essays in Technology and Modernity

A leading philosopher of technology calls for the democratic coordination of technical rationality with everyday experience.

Inside Modern European Cities

Modern European cities viewed as complex constructs entangled with technology: the most dramatic changes in the urban environment over the last century and half, abundantly illustrated with rare photographs.

Biology, Physics, and Change in Science

Change in scientific practice and its implications for the status of scientific claims, examined through an analysis of three episodes at a synchrotron laboratory.

Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II

How it happened that technological prowess and national glory (or “radiance,” which also means “radiation” in French) became synonymous in France as nowhere else.

A Parable of Development Aid

A fictionalized ethnographic study of development aid in sub-Saharan Africa that focuses on technologies of inscription in the interactions of development banks, international experts, and local managers.

An Ethnography of Design and Innovation
Edited by Dominique Vinck

A guide to the everyday working world of engineers, written by researchers trained in both engineering and sociology.

Building our Sociotechnical Future

An anthology of writings by thinkers ranging from Freeman Dyson to Bruno Latour that focuses on the interconnections of technology, society, and values and how these may affect the future.

Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

Understanding the intersection of economic sociology and science and technology studies through the idea of materiality.

Obduracy in Urban Sociotechnical Change
How Financial Models Shape Markets
Scientists, Engineers, and Computers During the Rise of U.S. Cold War Research
Science and Industrial Agriculture in California

How agricultural scientists and growers in California have cooperated--and struggled--in shaping the state’s multi-billion-dollar farm industry.

A Study of the Enrollment of People, Knowledge, and Machines
Technology, Culture, and Change in the British Bicycle Industry
Computers, Change, and Continuity in Science

An exploration of the use of information and communication technologies by biologists working in systematics (taxonomy) and the dynamics of change and continuity with past practices in the development of systematics as a cyberscience.

Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970

How technology and bureaucracy shape collaborative scientific research projects: an empirical study of multiorganizational collaboration in the physical sciences.

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