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Social Construction of Technological Systems New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology

ISBN-10: 0262521377

ISBN-13: 9780262521376

Edition: 1989

Authors: Wiebe E. Bijker, Thomas P. Hughes, Trevor Pinch

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The impact of technology on society is clear and unmistakable. The influence of society on technology is more subtle. The 13 essays in this book draw on a wide array of case studies from cooking stoves to missile systems, from 15thAcirc;shy;century Portugal to today's AI labs - to outline an original research program based on a synthesis of ideas from the social studies of science and the history of technology. Together they affirm the need for a study of technology that gives equal weight to technical, social, economic, and political questions. Wiebe E. Bijker teaches in the Department of General Sciences at the University of Limburg in The Netherlands; Thomas P. Hughes is Professor of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and Trevor Pinch is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of York in England
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/6/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of a lumber merchant, Thomas Parke Hughes is an eminent historian of science and technology, and perhaps the best writer in his discipline. His book American Genesis was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1989, and Elmer Sperry won the Dexter Prize in 1971. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II as a lieutenant commander, Hughes continued his education at the University of Virginia, receiving a Ph. D in history from the university in 1953. He then taught history at Washington and Lee University (1956--63)); MIT (1963--66); and Southern Methodist University (1969--73). From 1973 until 1988, he was professor of history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1988 he was appointed Visiting Research Professor at the Wissenshaftszentrum in Berlin. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Hughes received important recognition for his work. In 1984 he was selected to serve on the Advisory Council of the Smithsonian Institution and awarded a Leonardo da Vinci medal. In addition to his books, Hughes has written extensively in professional journals. Several of his articles examine how United States technological support built the former Soviet Union into a twentieth-century superpower.

Introduction
The Social Construction of Facts and Artifacts Or How the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Technology Might Benefit Each Other
The Evolution of Large Technological Systems
Society in the Making The Study of Technology as a Tool for Sociological Analysis
Technology and Heterogeneous Engineering The Case of Portuguese Expansion
The Nelson- Winter-Dosi Model and Synthetic Dye Chemistry
The Social Construction of Bakelite Toward a Theory of Invention
Missile Accuracy A Case of Study in the Social Processes of Technological Change
The Social Locus of Technological Practice Community, System, or Organization
Regulatory Science and the Social Management of Trust in Medicine
The Consumption Junction A Proposal for Research Strategies in the Sociology of Technology
Seeing with Sound A Study of the Development of Medical Images
Reconstructing Man and Machine A Note on Sociological Critiques of Cognitivism
Expert Systems and the Science of Knowledge