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Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society


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The volumes within this series consider how social, political, and cultural issues impact scientific research and technological innovation as well as how society is, in turn, shaped by science and technology.

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Blockchain and Web 3.0: Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges

Blockchain and Web 3.0: Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Massimo Ragnedda, Giuseppe Destefanis
July 19, 2019

Blockchain and Web 3.0 fills the gap in our understanding of blockchain technologies by hosting a discussion of the new technologies in a variety of disciplinary settings....

The Sociology of Structural Disaster: Beyond Fukushima

The Sociology of Structural Disaster: Beyond Fukushima

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Miwao Matsumoto
May 31, 2019

How and why did credible scientists, engineers, government officials, journalists, and others collectively give rise to a drastic failure to control the threat to the population of the Fukushima disaster? Why was there no effort on the part of inter-organizational networks, well-coordinated in the...

Understanding Digital Events: Bergson, Whitehead, and the Experience of the Digital

Understanding Digital Events: Bergson, Whitehead, and the Experience of the Digital

1st Edition

Forthcoming

David Kreps
May 27, 2019

This book introduces an events-based approach to understanding digital experience. Focusing on the event-ontologies of Bergson and Whitehead’s process metaphysics, it explores subjective experience and objective reality as unified ‘events’ in the form of concrete slabs of existence. Such slabs are...

Science, Africa and Europe: Processing Information and Creating Knowledge

Science, Africa and Europe: Processing Information and Creating Knowledge

1st Edition

Martin Lengwiler, Nigel Penn, Patrick Harries
October 25, 2018

Historically, scientists and experts have played a prominent role in shaping the relationship between Europe and Africa. Starting with travel writers and missionary intellectuals in the 17th century, European savants have engaged in the study of nature and society in Africa. Knowledge about realms...

The Cultural Authority of Science: Comparing across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas

The Cultural Authority of Science: Comparing across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas

1st Edition

Martin W Bauer, Petra Pansegrau, Rajesh Shukla
October 09, 2018

The cultural authority of science is the authority that is granted to science in any particular context. This authority is as much a matter of image and perceived legitimacy as of statutory guarantee. However, while authority can be charismatic, based on tradition or based on competence, we would...

Future Courses of Human Societies: Critical Reflections from the Natural and Social Sciences

Future Courses of Human Societies: Critical Reflections from the Natural and Social Sciences

1st Edition

Kléber Ghimire
June 28, 2018

The future as a field of inquiry, debate or forecasts continues to flourish. However, this book differs from existing literature in several important ways. It is not another publication on future scenarios guided by a linear technological fix - nor is it simply a volume of new statistics on...

The Ethics of Ordinary Technology

The Ethics of Ordinary Technology

1st Edition

Michel Puech
January 24, 2018

Technology is even more than our world, our form of life, our civilization. Technology interacts with the world to change it. Philosophers need to seriously address the fluidity of a smartphone interface, the efficiency of a Dyson vacuum cleaner, or the familiar noise of an antique vacuum cleaner....

The Fukushima Effect: A New Geopolitical Terrain

The Fukushima Effect: A New Geopolitical Terrain

1st Edition

Richard Hindmarsh, Rebecca Priestley
November 28, 2017

The Fukushima Effect offers a range of scholarly perspectives on the international effect of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown four years out from the disaster. Grounded in the field of science, technology and society (STS) studies, a leading cast of international scholars from the...

Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity

Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity

1st Edition

Uskali Mäki, Adrian Walsh, Manuela Fernández Pinto
October 13, 2017

The growing body of research on interdisciplinarity has encouraged a more in depth analysis of the relations that hold among academic disciplines. In particular, the incursion of one scientific discipline into another discipline’s traditional domain, also known as scientific imperialism, has been a...

Adolescents and Their Social Media Narratives: A Digital Coming of Age

Adolescents and Their Social Media Narratives: A Digital Coming of Age

1st Edition

Jill Walsh
September 21, 2017

Adolescents are forging a new path to self-development, taking advantage of the technology at their fingertips to produce desired results. In Adolescents and Their Social Media Narratives, Walsh specifically explores how social media impacts teenagers' personal development. Indeed,...

Imagined Futures in Science, Technology and Society

Imagined Futures in Science, Technology and Society

1st Edition

Gert Verschraegen, Frédéric Vandermoere, Luc Braeckmans, Barbara Segaert
April 07, 2017

Imagining, forecasting and predicting the future is an inextricable and increasingly important part of the present. States, organizations and individuals almost continuously have to make decisions about future actions, financial investments or technological innovation, without much knowledge of...

Commodified Bodies: Organ Transplantation and the Organ Trade

Commodified Bodies: Organ Transplantation and the Organ Trade

1st Edition

Oliver Decker
November 16, 2016

Commodified Bodies examines the social practice of organ transplantation and trafficking and scrutinises the increasingly neoliberal tendencies in the medical system. It analyses phenomena such as the denomination of human body parts as "raw materials" and "commodities," or the arguments used by...

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