Sociology of Science: A Critical Canadian Introduction

Paperback | August 26, 2011

byMyra J. Hird

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aA thought-provoking introduction to the discipline, this fascinating new book critically examines the fundamental assumptions of science from a sociological perspective. Focusing on Canadian research and examples, the text explores the central dichotomy between the ideal of science as a purelyrational, objective channel of truth and the reality of science as a highly social human endeavour. Intended for sociology students with no background in science, Sociology of Science offers a comprehensive overview of the many ways social structures and processes shape - and are shaped by -science.

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aA thought-provoking introduction to the discipline, this fascinating new book critically examines the fundamental assumptions of science from a sociological perspective. Focusing on Canadian research and examples, the text explores the central dichotomy between...

Myra J. Hird is professor in the sociology and obstetrics/gynecology departments at Queen's University. Her research and teaching interests span the areas of science studies (including philosophy of science, sociology of scientific knowledge, and epistemology), health science, transdisciplinarity, knowledge mobilization, sexual differ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.35 inPublished:August 26, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Science, Technology, and the Sociological ImaginationScience and Technology in Canadian SocietyScience, Technology, and the Sociological Imagination- The Idea and Ideal of Modern Science- The Idea of Modern Science- The Ideal of Modern ScienceSociological Critiques of Science and Technology- We Have Never Been Modern- Science Never Replaced Religion- Science Has Never Been Pure2. Science Is Social Relations: Part IThe Science WarsScientific Realism and Anti-RealismSocially Constructed Matters of FactWhy Science and Technology Are Social- The Political Economy of Science and Technology- Thought Collectives, Paradigms, and Normal ScienceAll Science Is SocialEverything Is Social Relations, but Not Everything Is Human- Science and Technology Mangles Humans and Other Entities3. Science Is Social Relations: Part IIIntroductionQuantum WeirdnessLife Itself4. How Science Is SocialIntroductionThe Scientific MethodHow Sociologists Study Science and Technology- Studying Scientists- Studying Laboratories5. Science and/as PowerIntroductionPolitical Economies of Science and TechnologyFeminist Science Studies- Women as Producers of Scientific Knowledge- Women and Knowledge- Women and the Environment- Women and Technology- Sex Differences and the History of Science- The Separation of Nature and CultureRacialized, Indigenous, and Anti-racist Science Studies- Re-thinking the Biology of Race- Race, Genes, and Health- The Human Genome Diversity Project- Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Issues(Dis)Ability Science and Technology Studies6. Values, Trust, and Public Engagement with Science and TechnologyGood Science, Bad ScienceScience and ValuesScience and TrustPublic Understanding of Science and Knowledge TranslationScientific ControversiesKnowledge Mobilization and Citizen ScienceScience and Technology Close to Home

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"This is a wonderful text that will be fully engaging to students at most undergraduate levels." --Jennifer D. Poudrier, University of Saskatchewan