Written for a general audience, this book distills my past work on the governance of science and technology to reveal new ethical and political problems arising at the frontiers of emerging technologies. The book argues that technologies both open up and close down the kinds of futures available to humanity. Systematic barriers to wider participation in the design of new technologies should therefore be identified and, ideally, dismantled.
My introductory essay in this volume defines and develops the concept of sociotechnical imaginaries. My concluding chapter charts how imaginaries become collectively accepted and renewed over time. For guidance on how to use the concept in your own research, see http://sts.hks.harvard.edu/research/platforms/imaginaries/
A collection of some of my law-related work, including a French translation of my well-known essay on co-production.
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Science and Public Reason (collected essays with new Introduction and Afterword) (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge-Earthscan, 2012).
This collection draws together a dozen of my essays on risk, law, and comparative policy, and documents the central place of public reason as a connecting thread through several decades of my work.
This book, like most of my edited volumes, introduces a new theoretical concept—bioconstitutionalism—to illuminate how ideas about life and lawfulness become entwined at the frontiers of the life sciences.
Designs resumes my comparative research after a hiatus of several years. It offers a decidedly post-structuralist account of political culture, focusing particularly on the role of civic epistemologies in legitimating national responses to emerging biotechnologies.
My chapter in this volume explores the role of visual images in elevating environmental concerns to the global scale. Overall, the volume can be seen as a precursor to my later work on sociotechnical imaginaries.
My theoretical essay here is regarded as the definitive account of co-production in STS. To download a pdf, click here
Compiled for political scientists rather than STS scholars, this volume remains potentially interesting to STS as an introduction to how other disciplines think about science and technology policy.
This book contradicts or complicates many conventional ideas about science and law, including the “law lag,” the scientific illiteracy of judges, and the role of courts in producing “junk science.”
Sometimes referred to as the second STS handbook, this volume actually provided the first comprehensive overview of the field on both sides of the Atlantic.
Many of my ideas about technology, law, and justice developed while I was working on this book and were first articulated in my introductory essay.
A spin-off from Controlling Chemicals, and my first significant sole-authored work, this little book showed how political culture affects the assessment and management of technological risk. I discovered STS while working on this book.
Controlling Chemicals: The Politics of Regulation in Europe and the U.S. (co-authored with Ronald Brickman and Thomas Ilgen) (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1985).
My chapter on comparative risk assessment in this book grapples with STS ideas of boundaries, demarcation, and standardization, although I was unaware of parallel work in the sociology of scientific knowledge when I wrote it. Written in collaboration with two political scientists, my contributions were more sensitive to politics and institutional dynamics than was typical of contemporaneous STS work.