Work in Progress: Proposal for Comparative Studies on East Asia STS

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July 14, 2018 - 11:17pm

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This article proposes a qualitative/quantative analysis of articles published in the Journal of Science and Technology Studiesa Japanese language STS journal, and East Asian Science, Technology, and Society to gain a grasp on what might constitute "East Asian Science and Technology Studies" as a field of inquiry distinct from "Western" STS.

The authors use a network analysis of keywords and topics in article titles and abstracts. They conclude that JSTS was characterized by a focus on science journalism and analysis of mass media, as well as on "advanced sciences" such as nanotechnology and nuclear power. In comparison, EASTS was found to offer rich studies of science and technology in historical and colonial context, as well as biomedicine. JSTS had few articles on the historical and colonial context of S&T, or postcolonial and feminist studies. 

This article draws from bibliometric analyses employed in some STS work in the 1980s (see, for instance, Callon, Law and Rip (1986). 

Callon, Michel, John Law and Arie Rip. 1986. How to study the force of science. In Mapping the Dynamics of Science and Technology: Sociology of Science in the Real World. Edited by Michel Callon, Arie Rip, and John Law, pages 3-15. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Shineha, Ryuma, Arisa Ema, and Togo Tsukahara. 2010. Work in Progress: Proposal for Comparative Studies on East Asia STS. East Asian Science, Technology, and Society: An International Journal 4: 153-160. 



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Ryuma Shineha, Arisa Ema and Togo Tsukahara, "Work in Progress: Proposal for Comparative Studies on East Asia STS", contributed by Grant Jun Otsuki, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 16 July 2018, accessed 31 May 2023.