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A Sociology of Expectations: Retrospecting Prospects and Prospecting Retrospects
The basis for a sociology of expectations is developed, drawing on recent writing within Science and Technology Studies and case studies of biotechnology innovation, and a model for understanding how expectations will predictably vary according to some key parameters is offered. Expand
Science, Social Theory and Public Knowledge
Preface Introducing theory, context and practice The public understanding of science and technology from cognition to context Science and public policy from government to governance Social theory andExpand
Reconnecting Culture, Technology and Nature: From Society to Heterogeneity
In this exciting new book, Mike Michael uses case studies of mundane technologies such as the walking boot, the car and the TV remote control to question some of the fundamental dichotomies throughExpand
Comprehension, Apprehension, Prehension: Heterogeneity and the Public Understanding of Science
This article examines the main approaches to public understanding of science (PUS) in light of recent developments in social and cultural theory. While traditional and critical perspectives on PUSExpand
Actor-Networks and Ambivalence: General Practitioners in the UK Cervical Screening Programme
Actor-network theory has, until recently, narrated the co-evolution of science and society in terms of dramatic triumphs and betrayals. This paper attempts to incorporate 'ambivalence' into theExpand
These Boots Are Made for Walking...: Mundane Technology, the Body and Human-Environment Relations
This article begins with a consideration of the `pure' unmediated relation between the human body and nature, exemplified, in different ways, by environmental expressivism, and Ingold's subtleExpand
Publics performing publics: of PiGs, PiPs and politics
This theoretical paper considers the ways in which the “publics” of public understanding of science and public engagement with science perform themselves not only in relation to science knowledge andExpand
“What Are We Busy Doing?”
Engagement events—whether interviews, installations, or participatory encounters—can entail a range of happenings which, in one way or another, “overspill” the empirical, analytic, or politicalExpand
Ethical boundary-work in the embryonic stem cell laboratory.
This chapter presents a socially embedded account of some of the ethical implications of stem cell research, from the perspectives of scientists directly involved in this area, based on an ethnography of two leading embryonic stem cell laboratories in the UK. Expand
On Making Data Social: Heterogeneity in Sociological Practice
This article is concerned with how we might go about theorizing the roles of nonhumans (technologies, animals, etc.), and their associations with humans, in the production of ‘social data’. DrawingExpand