1999. Evans et. al. "Making a Difference: Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and Urban Energy Policies"

ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Infrastructure management has traditionally been based on a logic of predict and provide in which rising demand was met with an increase in infrastructure capacity. However, recent changes in political, economic, and environmental priorities mean that projects such as new roads,...Read more

2018. Krzywoszynska et. al. "Opening Up the Participation Laboratory: The Cocreation of Publics and Futures in Upstream Participation"

ARTICLE ABSTRACT: How to embed reflexivity in public participation in techno-science and to open it up to the agency of publics are key concerns in current debates. There is a risk that engagements become limited to "laboratory experiments," highly controlled and foreclosed by participation experts...Read more

2015. Sovacool and Ramana. "Back to the Future: Small Modular Reactors, Nuclear Fantasies, and Symbolic Convergence"

ARTICLE ABSTRACT: In this article, we argue that scientists and technologists associated with the nuclear industry are building support for small modular reactors (SMRs) by advancing five rhetorical visions imbued with elements of fantasy that cater to various social expectations. The five visions...Read more

2015. Tidwell and Smith. "Morals, Materials, and Technoscience: The Energy Security Imaginary in the United States"

"This article advances recent scholarship on energy security by arguing that the concept is best understood as a sociotechnical imaginary, a collective vision for a ‘‘good society’’ realized through technoscientific-oriented policies. Focusing on the 1952 Resources for Freedom report, the authors...Read more
STS in Japan and East Asia: Governance of Science and Technology and Public Engagement

This paper deliniates the development of STS in Japan (pre-3.11), focusing on the governance of science and technology and public engagement. The interests of this line of STS (proper) and the anthropological STS are somewhat overlapping but quite different.    Read more

1990. Daamen et. al. "Cognitive Structures in the Perception of Modern Technologies"

ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Results of two survey studies (N = 197 and N = 2037) are presented. It is shown that attitudes of the public about "technology in general" are not stable and can easily be affected by how the subject is introduced. Eight areas of technology are compared on the basis of empirical...Read more
Power, Ideology, and Technological Determinism

In this 2015 article, David Hess uses his experiences studying with renewable energy advocates to problematize the theoretical framework Talyor Dotson employs to construct a democratic politics of technology. Rather than resorting to the "unicausal method of semiotic or psychocultural analysis...Read more

2003. Boehmer-Christiansen. "Science, Equity, and the War against Carbon"

ARTICLE ABSTRACT: The scientific evidence is reviewed for claims that a global transition to "green" fuels and technologies by global treaty obligations is needed. The likely equity implications of these efforts are discussed, and it is argued that this evidence remains shaky. Measures based on...Read more

2000. Gusterson. "How Not to Construct a Radioactive Waste Incinerator"

ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Sociologists of risk tend to presume that populations have static perceptions of risk that can be correlated with their degree of technical expertise or their structural relation to society. Such commentators show little interest in human agency unless it is the agency of...Read more

2005. Hess. "Technology- and Product-Oriented Movements: Approximating Social Movement Studies and Science and Technology Studies"

ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Technology- and product-oriented movements (TPMs) are mobilizations of civil society organizations that generally include alliances with private-sector firms, for which the target of social change is support for an alternative technology and/or product, as well as the policies...Read more
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