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Rouse, Joseph. "What Are Cultural Studies of Scientific Knowledge?" Configurations 1, no.1 (1992): 57-94.

Traweek, Sharon. "An Introduction to Cultural, Gender, and Social Studies of Science and Technology." Journal of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 17 (1993): 3-25.

Haraway, Donna. "A Game of Cat's Cradle: Science Studies, Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies." Configurations 1 (1994): 59-71.

Buy at Amazon Hess, David. Science Studies: An Advanced Introduction. New York, NY: New York University Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780814735640.

Buy at Amazon Biagioli, Mario, ed. The Science Studies Reader. New York, NY: Routledge, 1999. ISBN: 9780415918688.

Buy at Amazon Jasanoff, Sheila, Gerald Markle, James Petersen, and Trevor Pinch, eds. Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Revised Edition. London, UK: Sage, 2001. ISBN: 9780761924982.

Buy at Amazon Fischer, Michael M. J. "Modules for a Science, Technology, and Society Curriculum: STS @the-Turn_[]000.mit.edu." In Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003, pp. 333-369. ISBN: 9780822332381.

Buy at Amazon Sismondo, Sergio. An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2003. ISBN: 9780631234449.

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Introduction

 

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Philosophy of Science I: From Logical Positivism to Antipositivism

Galison, Peter. "Aufbau/Bauhaus: Logical Positivism and Architectural Modernism." Critical Inquiry 16, no. 4 (1990): 709-752.

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Popper, Karl. 1934. Scientific Method & Falsificationism versus Conventionalism, from The Logic of Scientific Discovery. In The Philosophy of Science. Edited by Richard Boyd, Philip Gasper, and J. D. Trout. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1991, pp. 99-112. ISBN: 9780262023153.

Buy at Amazon Fleck, Ludwig. 1935. "Epistemological Conclusions from the Established History of a Concept." In Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact. Translated from the German by Fred Bradley and Thaddeus J. Trenn. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1981, pp. 20-51. ISBN: 9780226253251.

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Kuhn, Thomas. 1962, 1970. The Nature and Necessity of Scientific Revolutions, from The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. In The Philosophy of Science. Edited by Richard Boyd, Philip Gasper, and J. D. Trout. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1991, pp. 148-157. ISBN: 9780262023153.

Buy at Amazon Feyerabend, Paul. 1993. "Introduction to the Chinese Edition, Introduction, 1-3." In Against Method. 3rd ed. London, UK: Verso (First Edition, 1993), pp. 1-4, and 9-32. ISBN: 9780860914815.

Buy at Amazon Galison, Peter. "The Trading Zone: Coordinating Action and Belief, 9.2-9.8." In Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1997, pp. 784-840. ISBN: 9780226279176.

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Sociology of Scientific Knowledge I: The Strong Programme

Buy at Amazon Bloor, David. 1991. "The Strong Programme in the Sociology of Knowledge." In Knowledge and Social Imagery. 2nd ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press (First Edition, London, UK: New York, NY: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1976), pp. 3-23. ISBN: 9780710083777.

Buy at Amazon Collins, Harry, and Trevor Pinch. 1998. "A New Window on the Universe: The Non-Detection of Gravitational Radiation." In The Golem: What You Should Know about Science. 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (First Edition, 1993), pp. 91-107. Excerpted and updated from Collins, Harry. Changing Order: Replication and Induction in Scientific Practice. London, UK: Beverly Hills, CA: Sage, 1985. ISBN: 9780521645508.

Buy at Amazon Latour, Bruno, and Steve Woolgar. 1986. Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (First Edition, London, UK: Beverly Hills, CA: Sage, 1986). ISBN: 9780691028323.

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Philosophy of Science II: From Realism to Constructivism and Halfway Back

Hacking, Ian. "Experimentation and Scientific Realism." Philosophical Topics 13 (1982): 71-87.

Buy at Amazon Latour, Bruno. "Opening Pandora's Black Box." In Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987, pp. 1-17. ISBN: 9780674792906.

Buy at Amazon ———. 1991. "Constitution & Relativism." In We Have Never Been Modern. Translated from the French by Catherine Porter. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008, pp. 13-48, and 91-129. ISBN: 9780674948396.

Mallavarapu, Srikanth. 2003. The Idea of Incommensurability & Bruno Latour and the Modernity that Never Existed. In Possible Worlds in Science Studies: A Postcolonial Perspective. Dissertation in English at SUNY Stony Brook, 13-43, 71-88.

Fujimura, Joan. "Authorizing Knowledge in Science and Anthropology." American Anthropologist 100, no. 2 (1998): 347-360.

Buy at Amazon Barad, Karen. "Agential Realism: Feminist Interventions in Understanding Scientific Practices." In The Science Studies Reader. Edited by Mario Biagioli. New York, NY: Routledge, 1999, pp. 1-11. ISBN: 9780415918688.

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Sociology of Scientific Knowledge II: Networks, Agency, Practice, Assemblage

Buy at Amazon Shapin, Steven. 1988. "The House of Experiment in Seventeenth-Century England." In The Science Studies Reader. Edited by Mario Biagioli. New York, NY: Routledge, 1999, pp. 479-504. ISBN: 9780415918688.

Latour, Bruno. "Give Me a Laboratory and I Will Raise the World." In Science Observed: Perspectives on the Social Study of Science. Edited by Karin Knorr-Cetina, and Michael Mulkay. London, UK: Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1983, pp. 141-170. ISBN: 080399783.

Buy at Amazon Callon, Michel. "Some Elements of a Sociology of Translation: Domestication of the Scallops and the Fishermen of St. Brieuc Bay." In Power, Action and Belief: A New Sociology of Knowledge? Edited by John Law. London, UK: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1987, pp. 196-229. ISBN: 9780710208026.

Buy at Amazon Mackenzie, Donald. "Nuclear Missile Testing and the Social Construction of Accuracy." In The Science Studies Reader. Edited by Mario Biagioli. New York, NY: Routledge, 1999, pp. 342-357. ISBN: 9780415918688.

Pickering, Andrew. "The Mangle of Practice: Agency and Emergence in the Sociology of Science." American Journal of Sociology 99, no. 3 (1993): 559-589.

Buy at Amazon Deleuze, Gilles, and Félix Guattari. 1980. "Excerpt from 1227: Treatise on Nomadology: The War Machine." In A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Translated from the French by Brian Massumi. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1987, pp. 395-415. ISBN: 9780816614028.

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Sociology of Scientific Knowledge III: Institutions and Culture

Weber, Max. 1918. "Science as a Vocation." In Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. Translated from the German by H. H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1946, pp. 129-156.

Buy at Amazon Merton, Robert. 1942. "The Normative Structure of Science." In The Sociology of Science: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1973, pp. 265-278. ISBN: 9780226520919.

Buy at Amazon Mukerji, Chandra. "War and State Funding in the Twentieth Century." In A Fragile Power: Scientists and the State. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1990, pp. 39-61. ISBN: 9780691085388.

Buy at Amazon Knorr-Cetina, Karin. Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780674258945.

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Feminism and Science

Keller, Evelyn Fox. "Feminism and Science." Signs 7, no. 3 (1982): 589-602.

———. "The Gender/Science System: Or Is Sex to Gender as Nature Is to Science?" Hypatia 2, no. 3 (1987): 37-49.

Buy at Amazon Traweek, Sharon. "Pilgrim's Progress: Male Tales Told During a Life in Physics." In Beamtimes and Lifetimes: The World of High Energy Physics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992, pp. 74-105. ISBN: 9780674063488.

Buy at Amazon Harding, Sandra. "Thinking from the Perspective of Lesbian Lives." In Whose Science, Whose Knowledge? Thinking from Women's Lives. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991, pp. 249-267. ISBN: 9780801497469.

Buy at Amazon Haraway, Donna. "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective." In Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York, NY: Routledge, 1991, pp. 183-202. ISBN: 9780415903875.

Buy at Amazon ———. "Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium." In Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium. FemaleMan©_ Meets_OncoMouse™: Feminism and Technoscience. New York, NY: Routledge, 1997, pp. 23-39. ISBN: 9780415912457.

Buy at Amazon Martin, Emily. "The Woman in the Flexible Body." In Revisioning Women, Health, and Healing: Feminist, Cultural, and Technoscience Perspectives. Edited by Adele Clarke and Virginia Olesen. New York, NY: Routledge, 1998, pp. 97-115. ISBN: 9780415918466.

Wilson, Elizabeth. "Biologically Inspired Feminism." Australian Feminist Studies 17, no. 39 (2002): 283-285.

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Cyborgs

Buy at Amazon Haraway, Donna. "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century." In Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York, NY: Routledge, 1991, pp. 149-182. ISBN: 9780415903875.

Buy at Amazon Sandoval, Chela. "New Sciences: Cyborg Feminism and the Methodology of the Oppressed." In The Cyborg Handbook. Edited by Chris Hables Gray, with the assistance of Heidi J. Figueroa-Sarriera and Steven Mentor. New York, NY: Routledge, 1995, pp. 407-421. ISBN: 9780415908481.

Buy at Amazon Haraway, Donna. "Apes in Eden, Apes in Space." In Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science. New York, NY: Routledge, 1990, pp. 133-156. ISBN: 9780415902946.

Buy at Amazon Gusterson, Hugh. "Bodies and Machines." In Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996, pp. 101-130. ISBN: 9780520081475.

Helmreich, Stefan. "The Spiritual in Artificial Life: Recombining Science and Religion in a Computational Culture Medium." Science as Culture 6, no. 3 (1997): 363-395.

Buy at Amazon Dumit, Joseph. "A Digital Image of the Category of the Person: PET Scanning and Objective Self-Fashioning." In Cyborgs and Citadels: Anthropological Interventions in Emerging Sciences. Edited by Gary Lee Downey and Joseph Dumit. Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press, 1998, pp. 83-102. ISBN: 9780933452978.

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Race and Science

Buy at Amazon Schiebinger, Londa. "Who Should Do Science?" In Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1995, pp. 184-200. ISBN: 9780807089019.

Buy at Amazon Jacobson, Matthew Frye. "Whiteness and Science, from "Free White Persons" in the Republic, 1790-1840." In Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998, pp. 31-38. ISBN: 9780674063716.

Buy at Amazon Haraway, Donna. "Universal Donors in a Vampire Culture, Or It's All in the Family: Biological Kinship Categories in the Twentieth-Century United States." In Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature. Edited by William Cronon. New York, NY: Norton, 1995, pp. 321-366. ISBN: 9780393038729.

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Bowker, Geoffrey C., and Susan Leigh Star. "The Case of Race Classification and Reclassification under Apartheid." In Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000, pp. 60-64, and 195-225. ISBN: 9780262522953.

Buy at Amazon Stepan, Nancy Leys, and Sander L. Gilman. "Appropriating the Idioms of Science: The Rejection of Scientific Racism." In The "Racial" Economy of Science: Toward a Democratic Future. Edited by Sandra Harding. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1993, pp. 170-193. ISBN: 9780253208101.

Eglash, Ron, and Julian Bleecker. "The Race for Cyberspace: Information Technology in the Black Diaspora." Science as Culture 10, no. 3 (2001): 353-374.

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Biosociality

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Rabinow, Paul. "Artificiality and Enlightenment: From Sociobiology to Biosociality." In Zone 6: Incorporations. Edited by Jonathan Crary, and Sanford Kwinter. Canada: Bradbury Tamblyn and Boorne Ltd. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992, pp. 234-252. ISBN: 9780942299298.

Buy at Amazon Heath, Deborah. "Bodies, Antibodies, and Modest Interventions." In Cyborgs and Citadels: Anthropological Interventions in Emerging Sciences. Edited by Gary Lee Downey, and Joseph Dumit. Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press, 1998, pp. 67-82. ISBN: 9780933452978.

Buy at Amazon Taussig, Karen-Sue, Rayna Rapp, and Deborah Heath. "Flexible Eugenics: Technologies of the Self in the Age of Genetics." In Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology and Science Beyond the Two-Culture Divide. Edited by Alan H. Goodman, Deborah Heath, and M. Susan Lindee. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003, pp. 58-76. ISBN: 9780520237933.

Buy at Amazon Petryna, Adriana. "Illness as Work: Human Market Transition & Biological Citizenship." In Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2002, pp. 82-148. ISBN: 9780691090191.

Buy at Amazon Franklin, Sarah. "Kinship, Genes and Cloning: Life after Dolly." In Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology and Science Beyond the Two-Culture Divide. Edited by Alan H. Goodman, Deborah Heath, and M. Susan Lindee. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003, pp. 95-110. ISBN: 9780520237933.

Helmreich, Stefan. "Trees and Seas of Information: Alien Kinship and the Biopolitics of Gene Transfer in Marine Biology and Biotechnology." American Ethnologist 30, no. 3 (2003): 341-359.

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Medicine

Buy at Amazon Lock, Margaret. Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780520228146.

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Rhetoric of Technology: Gramophone, Telephone, Tape, Sampling

Buy at Amazon Kittler, Friedrich. 1986. "Gramophone." In Gramophone, Film, Typewriter. Translated from the German by Geoffrey Winthrop-Young and Michael Wutz. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999, pp. 21-114. ISBN: 9780804732338.

Buy at Amazon Ronell, Avital. "Delay Call Forwarding & Birth of a Telephone: Watson - Dead Cats." In The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1989, pp. 1-15, and 227-232. ISBN: 9780803238763.

Buy at Amazon Hayles, N. Katherine. "The Materiality of Informatics." In How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1999, pp. 192-221. ISBN: 9780226321462.

Weheliye, Alexander. ""Feenin": Posthuman Voices in Contemporary Black Popular Music." Special issue on Afrofuturism. Edited by Alondra Nelson. Social Text 20, no. 2 (2002): 21-47.

Buy at Amazon Doyle, Richard. "Sympathy for the Alien: Informatic Ecologies and the Proliferation of Abduction." In Wetwares: Experiments in Postvital Living. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2003, pp. 193-216. ISBN: 9780816640096.

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Technoscientific Makings of Postcolonial Place and Space

Redfield, Peter. "The Half-Life of Empire in Outer Space." Social Studies of Science 32, no. 6 (2002): 791-825.

Buy at Amazon Hayden, Cori. When Nature Goes Public: The Making and Unmaking of Bioprospecting in Mexico. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780691095578.

Nelson, Diane. "A Social Science Fiction of Fevers, Delirium, and Discovery: The Calcutta Chromosome, the Colonial Laboratory, and the Postcolonial New Human." Science Fiction Studies 30 (2003): 246-266.

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