Science, technology and social change: knowledge, expertise and practices

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Abstract

Sociology does not have a particularly good track record when it comes to questions of science and technology in society, and this may be one reason why tehse topics receive fairly scant attention in contemporary textbooks. But the topics themselves, teh thigns that we call science and technology, are very significant in our society, and have been for a considerable period of time. Our society needs technology to function, we are surrounded by technologies and representations of technology, we value scientific knowledge above other forms of knowledge, and we use science to explain the world around us. Our world is infused with science and technology and it is difficult to imaging our society without the degree of technology or prevalence of science it has
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Sociology
EditorsMartin Holborn
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherPolity Press
Pages321-352
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)139780745661827
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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