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Oil on the Edge
Oil on the Edge (November 1995)
Offshore Development, Conflict, Gridlock
Robert Gramling - Author

"This book beautifully interweaves stories of technology, institutions, localities, environment, politics, and international gaming. The story of oil development is a difficult one to tell well, precisely because it involves so many intricately woven micro-stories, so to say that Gramling has done a great job is to say he's accomplished something significant. The stories are told with grace and clarity, even occasional wit, so the reader flows throu...(Read More)
 
 
Energy Possibilities
Energy Possibilities (September 1995)
Rethinking Alternatives and the Choice-Making Process
Jesse S. Tatum - Author

Examines the current and prospective energy sources and choices from the perspectives of science, technology, and social studies.
Using the perspectives of science, technology, and society studies, this book grapples with questions stimulated by a concern that current energy policies and practices reflect neither the best interests of ordinary people nor decision-making consistent with the traditions and aspirations of democracy. Probing...(Read More)
 
 
Ecologies of Knowledge
Ecologies of Knowledge (July 1995)
Work and Politics in Science and Technology
Susan Leigh Star - Editor

This collection of articles provides a comprehensive overview of personal and public issues related to social change and how they shape scientific and technical knowledge.
"This collection illustrates the robustness of theoretical concerns in the field in their applicability to the diverse subject matter of science studies, well represented here in the inclusion of studies in biological and physical sciences along with technology. Assembl...(Read More)
 
 
On the Shoulders of Merchants
On the Shoulders of Merchants (August 1994)
Exchange and the Mathematical Conception of Nature in Early Modern Europe
Richard W. Hadden - Author

This book shows how the universal quantification of science resulted from the routinization of commercial practices that were familiar in scientist's daily lives. Following the work of Franz Borkenau and Jacob Klein in the 1930s, the book describes the rise of the mechanistic world-view as a reification of relations of exchange in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Critical of more orthodox, positivist Marxist accounts of the rise of science...(Read More)
 
 
The Challenge of the 21st Century
The Challenge of the 21st Century (July 1994)
Managing Technology and Ourselves in a Shrinking World
Harold A. Linstone - Author
Ian I. Mitroff - Author

"This book is a substantial contribution to futures research, societal analysis, and related fields, as would be expected from two senior professionals. It presents well-organized, balanced thinking about future trends, issues, and uncertainties." -- Thomas F. Mandel, SRI International

The population and technology explosions are shrinking the world to a system in which everything is interactive, forcing us to transcend traditional modes of ...(Read More)
 
 
Controversial Science
Controversial Science (July 1993)
From Content to Contention
Thomas Brante - Editor
Steve Fuller - Editor
William Lynch - Editor

“I think that the whole notion of 'controversy' is a good handle to start with for a critical assessment of the field. Controversy is now seen as not only normal but also a way of framing a research site for looking at the field of scientific endeavor. The editors have also brought together a group of very well-known scholars.

“Until 1970 most studies of science were hagiographic, paeans to science. We ge...(Read More)
 
 
Power in the Workplace
Power in the Workplace (January 1993)
The Politics of Production at AT&T
Steven Peter Vallas - Author

This book presents a systematic case study of the hi-tech communications industry that reveals many trends in managerial authority in the workpace. Vallas reveals the mechanisms that enable advanced capitalist firms to achieve and maintain control over the workers they employ. He demonstrates that the spread and integration of automated technologies place lower level human labor in positions of declining power. The new regime does not deskill wor...(Read More)
 
 
The Value of Convenience
The Value of Convenience (January 1993)
A Genealogy of Technical Culture
Thomas F. Tierney - Author

In this volume, Tierney identifies convenience as the value of central importance to the development of modern technical culture. While revealing modern attitudes toward technology, the human body, mortality, and necessity, Tierney focuses on the cultural value of convenience and on modern attitudes which emphasize consumption rather than production of technology.

"This is a major contribution to the political theory of technology. It treats ...(Read More)
 
 
Photonic Technology and Industrial Policy
Photonic Technology and Industrial Policy (November 1992)
U.S. Responses to Technological Change
Ernest Sternberg - Author

A revolutionary technological development of the late twentieth century, photonics embraces lasers, fiber optics, imaging devices, and optical applications to computing. It affects the fortunes of numerous industries and, other than conventional microelectronics, may now be the leading arena for worldwide technological rivalry. While Japan has seen its photonic industries grow faster than any other high technology sector, the United States, where ...(Read More)
 
 
A Light Too Bright
A Light Too Bright (August 1992)
The Enlightenment Today: An Assessment of the Values of the European Enlightenment and a Search for New Foundations for Human Civilization
Paulos Mar Gregorios - Author

"The author has a special talent for bringing together vast amounts of material and summarizing in clear and insightful ways. This critique of the European Enlightenment is most significant in itself. While there have been other books on the Enlightenment, the approach taken here is unique and could only have been offered by a non-European."
-- Harold G. Coward, University of Calgary

Questioning the very legitimacy of Western lib...(Read More)
 
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