Category Archives: Reviews

Controversia Scientia

Hello from Canada! This has very little to do with the topic of today’s post. I’m just taking advantage of this moment to announce my recent arrival in Vancouver, BC. For those of you who don’t know—and I don’t know who that would be since I tweet constantly about my newfound Canadian residency—I’ve just started […]

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Review of Epistemology of the Concrete (Rheinberger)

Rheinberger H-J. (2010). An epistemology of the concrete: Twentieth-century histories of life. Durham: Duke University Press. Never before have I read a monograph which has left me so conflicted. In reading Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s Epistemology of the Concrete, I alternated regularly between extreme engagement with artfully presented moments of keen theoretical insight and something which bordered […]

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Review of Vibrant Matter (Bennett)

Bennett J. (2010). Vibrant matter: A political ecology of things. Durham: Duke University Press. Note: I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a month or two now and have been meaning to read it. I was recently prompted to attend to it more quickly and seriously by the following tweet courtesy of NC […]

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Cosmopolitics I-1

Stengers, I. (2010). Cosmopolitics I. R. Bononno, (Trans.). Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press. *Note: I write about books for a number of reasons. Most often, it’s to share my thoughts or to critique them. In this case, I’m writing as part of an effort to figure out what it (the book) meant. The following post […]

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Recent Readings in STS

I’ve been reading pretty voraciously over the past two months and as such, I’ve not had time to keep up with my book reviews. So this is a catch up post. I don’t normally like to tackle so many works in a single review, but if I don’t write about these now I’ll never have […]

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RSA Recap

I’ve just returned a few days ago from the Rhetoric Society of American conference in beautiful Minneapolis, Mn (May28-31). I also attended the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology pre-conference, Friday morning. RSA is getting big. In fact, I heard many a grumble in the hallways of the conference hotel which said “too […]

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Pickering (2010) The Cybernetic Brain

Andrew Pickering’s (2010) The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future offers readers a thorough and detailed view into this history of cybernetic science. This history focuses on and is presented through a series of professional biographies of six prominent British cyberneticians who conducted most of their work during the first half of the last century […]

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Cozzens, S.E. & Gieryn, T.F. (1990). Theories of science in society. Bloomington: Indiana UP.

In Theories of Science in Society, Cozzens and Gieryn’s have collected an impressive set of contributed chapters detailing major theories in the sociology of science and the sociology of scientific knowledge. These essays present and explicate major sociological theories from Weberian bureaucracy theory and Anthony Giddens’ theory or structuraration, to theories of boundary work and […]

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Jasanoff, S.S. (1987). Contested boundaries in policy-relevant science. Social Studies of Science 17, 195-230.

In “Contested Boundaries,: Sheila Jasanoff explores different conceptualizations of the science-policy interface as articulated by a variety of scientific and policy institutions. Jasanoff uses the debate over the regulation formaldehyde and its designation as a carcinogen to explore these different conceptualizations. She draws on discourse from a veritable alphabet soup of government and scientific organizations […]

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Wayne, B. (1989). Sheepfarming after Chernobyl. Environment, 31(2), 10-39.

In “Sheepfarming after Chernobyl,” Brian Wayne explores communicaitons problems between scientists, government officials, and sheepfarmers in Cumbria, UK following Chernobyl. In the aftermath of the Chernobyl incident, radioactive isotopes rained on sheepfarming areas in Cumbria causing governmental concern over the safety of Cumbrian sheep for human consumption. During this time the English government enacted many […]

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