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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.

Sociological Experiments in Health Care

An exploration of sociological research that is neither “detached” nor “engaged”; a new approach to sociological knowledge production, with examples from health care.

Electronic Music Devices and Computer Encodings in China

An examination of the relationship between technical objects and culture in contemporary China, drawing on concepts from science and technology studies.

Stanford and the Computer Music Revolution

How a team of musicians, engineers, computer scientists, and psychologists developed computer music as an academic field and ushered in the era of digital music.

The Pre-Chernobyl History of the Soviet Nuclear Industry

An examination of how the technical choices, social hierarchies, economic structures, and political dynamics shaped the Soviet nuclear industry leading up to Chernobyl.

The Secret World of Videogame Creators

An examination of work, the organization of work, and the market forces that surround it, through the lens of the collaborative practice of game development.

Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism

An examination of how activists combine political advocacy and technical practice in their promotion of the emancipatory potential of local low-power FM radio.

Essays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America

Studies challenging the idea that technology and science flow only from global North to South.

New Directions in Research and Governance

Analysis and case studies explore the concept of vulnerability, offering a novel and broader approach to understanding the risks and benefits of science and technology.

Transnational Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India

A study of science and technology practices that shows how even emergent aspects of research and development remain entangled with established hierarchies.

Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society

Scholars from communication and media studies join those from science and technology studies to examine media technologies as complex, sociomaterial phenomena.

A fresh approach to visualization practices in the sciences that considers novel forms of imaging technology and draws on recent theoretical perspectives on representation.

The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research

An examination of a decade and a half of political controversy, ethical debate, and scientific progress in stem cell research.

Physics, Computing, and Missile Defense, 1949-2012

How differing assessments of risk by physicists and computer scientists have influenced public debate over nuclear defense.

Electrical Technologies and Inventor Identities on Trial in Britain

An examination of the fierce disputes that arose in Britain in the decades around 1900 concerning patents for electrical power and telecommunications.

The Co-Production of Science, Politics, and Urban Nature

How plant and animal species conservation became part of urban planning in Berlin, and how the science of ecology contributed to this change.

Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care

A comparative study of genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer in the United States and Britain that shows the importance of national context in the development and use of science and technology even in an era of globalization.

How Science Constructs Contraceptive Users and Women's Bodies

The biography of a multifaceted technological object, the IUD, illuminates how political contexts shaped contraceptive development, marketing, use, and users.

Probe Microscopy and the Path to Nanotechnology

How networked structures of collaboration and competition within a community of researchers led to the invention, spread, and commercialization of scanning probe microscopy.

A Laboratory Study of Multimodal Semiotic Interaction in the Age of Computers

An analysis of how fMRI researchers actively involve their bodies—with hand movements in particular—in laboratory practice.

Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War
Edited by Gabrielle Hecht

Investigations into how technologies became peculiar forms of politics in an expanded geography of the Cold War.

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.

Americanization, Technology, and European Users

The kitchen as political symbol and material reality in the cold war years.

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.

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