Associate 1998-99

Andrew R Pickering


Science, Technology and Sociology

Sociology (like the other social sciences) has traditionally been weak on the natural sciences and technology, usually ignoring them entirely, while sometimes lapsing into deterministic accounts–either a technological (or scientific) determinism, which treats the technology as just another field for the play of social forces. In the late 20th century, none of these approaches seems justifiable or plausible, and the goal of this project is to develop and exemplify a more adequate account that recognizes the co-evolution and reciprocal structuring of specific social formations, technological systems and sciences.