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

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Wiebe E. Bijker, Thomas Parke Hughes, Trevor J. Pinch
MIT Press, 1987 - Technology & Engineering - 405 pages
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Frontmatter
Preface
General Introduction
1 Common Themes in Sociological and Historical Studies of Technology
Introduction
The Social Construction of Facts and Artifacts: Or How the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Technology Might Benefit Each Other
The Evolutions of Large Technological Systems
Society in the Making: The Study of Technology as a Tool for Sociological Analysis
2 Simplifying the Complexity
Introduction
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
3 Strategic Research Sites
Introduction
Missile Accuracy: A Case Study in the Social Processes of Technological Change
The Social Locus of Technological Practice
Regulatory Science and the Social Management of Trust in Medicine
The Consumption Juncion: A Proposal for Research Strategies in the Sociology of Technology
Seeing with Sound: A Study of the Development of Medical Images
4 Technology and Beyond
Introduction
Reconstructing Man and Machine: A Note on Sociological Crtiques of cognitiveism
Expert Systems and the Science of Knowledge
References
Contributors
Name Index
Subject Index.
 

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Contents

Or How the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Technology Might Benefit Each Other
17
The Evolution of Large Technological Systems
51
The Study of Technology as a Tool for Sociological Analysis
83
Introduction
107
The Case of Portuguese Expansion
111
The Nelson WinterDost Model and Synthetic Dye Chemistry
135
Toward a Theory of Invention
159
Introduction
191
A Proposal for Research Strategies in the Sociology of Technology
261
A Study of the Development of Medical Images
281
Introduction
307
A Note on Sociological Critiques of Cognitivism
311
Expert Systems and the Science of Knowledge
329
References
349
Contributors
373
Name Index
377

A Case Study in the Social Processes of Technological Change
195
Community System or Organization?
223
Regulatory Science and the Social Management of Trust in Medicine
243

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About the author (1987)

Wiebe E. Bijker is Professor of Technology & Society at the University of Maastricht.

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