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  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 2nd edition (1 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335199135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335199136
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Delanty has written a fluent and succinct overview of social theory, including informed commentary and critique...The book presents some very good potted accounts of the various theoretical positions in the social sciences and sets out issues that are not yet resolved. It should be added to the reading lists of theory and methodology courses in the social sciences." - The Times Higher

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Donald MacKenzie holds a personal Chair in Sociology at Edinburgh University, where he has taught since 1975. He is the author of Statistics in Britain, 1865-1930: The Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge (Edinburgh University Press, 1981), Inventing Accuracy: A Historical Sociology of Nuclear Missile Guidance (MIT Press, 1990) and of Knowing Machines: Essays in Technical Change (MIT Press, 1996). The second of these books won the Ludwig Fleck prize of the Society for Social Studies of Science, and was joint winner of the 1993 Robert K. Merton Award of the American Sociological Association. His numerous articles in the sociology and social history of science and technology have won three further international prizes, and have been translated into French, German, Dutch, Japanese, Polish and Greek.

Judy Wajcman is Professor of Sociology in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. She has previously taught and researched at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Warwick in England and the University of New South Wales in Australia. Her books include Women in Control: Dilemmas of a Workers' Co-operative (Open University Press, 1983), Feminism Confronts Technology (Polity Press, 1991) and Managing Like a Man: Women and Men in Corporate Management (Polity Press, 1998). Her publications in the sociology of technology and gender relations have been translated into German, Greek and Portuguese.

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In controversies about technology and society, there is no idea more provocative than the notion that technical things have political qualities. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug. 2000
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SST has a number of solid case studies, where science and technology meet people. IT / Weapons / women and technology / transportation are all covered in a number of essay type chapters. Chapters very in breadth and depth, but are all well presented and useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. J. Eyre on 24 July 2011
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To assess the impact that technology has made on society, it is important to review the effect that society has made on the technology. This book neatly summarises the social construction of technology from a philosophical perspective by cleary outlining different approaches and stating the weaknesses and strengths of their approaches.
It is an easy and straight forward read with clear references to others in the field.
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