The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, Third Edition

The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, Third Edition

Edited by Edward J. Hackett, Olga Amsterdamska, Michael E. Lynch and Judy Wajcman

Preface by Wiebe E. Bijker

A comprehensive and authoritative overview of current research, major theoretical perspectives, and new research directions in the study of science, technology, and society.





A comprehensive and authoritative overview of current research, major theoretical perspectives, and new research directions in the study of science, technology, and society.

Science and Technology Studies is a flourishing interdisciplinary field that examines the creation, development, and consequences of science and technology in their cultural, historical, and social contexts. The New Handbook of Science and Technology Studies provides a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the field, reviewing current research and major theoretical and methodological approaches and analyzing emergent issues in a form that is accessible to new and established scholars from a range of disciplines. Handbook chapters review the dominant theoretical perspectives of STS, present the current state of research on a spectrum of topics in the field, analyze changes brought about by the commercialization of science, study interactions between science and other institutions, examine the role of experts and the public in scientific and technological decision making, and consider the cultural and social dimensions of new technologies. The New Handbook of Science and Technology Studies is the third in a series of volumes sponsored by the Society for Social Studies of Science that have defined the field of Science and Technology Studies. It will be an essential resource for scholars in that field as well as for those in such neighboring disciplines as anthropology, history, philosophy, sociology, law, political science, feminist and critical theory, and literary studies.

ContributorsVincanne Adams, Warwick Anderson, Brian Balmer, Daneil Barben, Pablo Boczkowski, Steve Breyman, Massimiano Bucchi, Regula Burri, Nancy Campbell, Adele E. Clarke, H.M. Collins, Susan E. Cozzens, Jennifer L. Croissant, Park Doing, Joseph Dumit, Steven Epstein, Henry Etzkowitz, Robert Evans, Erik Fisher, Stefan Fuchs, Sonia Gatchair, Ronald N. Giere, Thomas F. Gieryn, Namrata Gupta, David H. Guston, Adam Hedgecoe, Christopher R. Henke, David Hess, Linda Hogle, Alan Irwin, Sheila Jasanoff, Deborah G. Johnson, David Kaiser, William Keith, Carol Kemelgor, Kyung-Sup Kim, Andrew Lakoff, Bruno Latour, Leah A. Lievrouw, Margaret Lock, Brian Martin, Paul Martin, Philip Mirowski, Cyrus Mody, Federico Neresini, Gonzalo Ordóñez, Nelly Oudshoorn, Trevor Pinch, Alex Preda, Brian Rappert, William Rehg, Marina Ranga, Cynthis Selin, Esther-Mirjam Sent, Steven Shapin, Sergio Sismondo, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Miriam Solomon, Susan Leigh Star, John Stone, Lucy Suchman, Anupit Supnithadnaporn, Charles Thorpe, Stephen Turner, The Virtual Knowledge Studio, Jameson M. Wetmore, Sally Wyatt, Steven Yearley


$72.00 X ISBN: 9780262083645 1080 pp. | 7 in x 9 in 11 figures


Edward J. Hackett

Edward J. Hackett is Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University and Director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Olga Amsterdamska

Olga Amsterdamska teaches social studies of science, philosophy of science, and history of medicine in the Science and Technology Studies program at the University of Amsterdam.

Michael E. Lynch

Michael Lynch is Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University.

Judy Wajcman

Judy Wajcman is Professor of Sociology in the Demography and Sociology Program at Australia National University.


Wiebe E. Bijker.


  • The book as a whole is an impressive testimony to the vitality of a burgeoning field.

    New Scientist

  • A truly substantial work, both in size and the breadth of its many contributions. It is a rich and valuable guide to much that is transpiring in the field.

    Science, Technology & Society


  • This Handbook does a superb job making sense of critical terrains where diverse sorts of expertise, bumptious publics, and generative practices of engagement are reshaping knowledges and their consequences under the sign of technoscience. It goes without saying that the bibliographies are full and tasty and the scholarly reviews invaluable for anyone who wants to be literate in our capacious field. It needs saying that many of the essays succeed in being inspiring, making me remember why a life in STS is worth the price of admission.

    Donna Haraway

    History of Consciousness Department, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • This volume provides a valuable collection of topics and ideas produced by Science and Technology Studies, with several interesting essays that address the multi-faceted and changing practices in knowledge production in the sciences as well as in STS itself. It points to a dynamic future for STS as we continue to study the sciences as they engage in complex productions where interactions among multiple parties and contexts move toward center stage.

    Joan H. Fujimura

    Department of Sociology and Holtz Center for Research on Science and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison