Contested Futures: A Sociology of Prospective Techno-science

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Nik Brown, Brian Rappert, Andrew Webster
Ashgate, Jan 1, 2000 - Social Science - 277 pages
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This text is about what the future should or might look like and turns the analytical gaze towards the phenomenon of future orientation itself. The contributors examine how the future as a temporal abstraction is constructed and managed, by whom and under what conditions. This is done through exploration of the contested future(s) of various sciences and technologies - not least because the experience and projections of late-modern society are increasingly framed by techno-scientific language and visions of the future are dominated by new technologies. The optimism expressed for the future is coupled with a quality of inevitability in the development of particular technologies.

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PAST FUTURES
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From Performativity to Prehension
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From Promise to Requirement
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Nik Brown is Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), University of York.

Andrew Webster is Professor in the Sociology of Science and Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), University of York

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