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The New Political Sociology of Science
Institutions, Networks, and Power
Edited by Scott Frickel and Kelly Moore

Science and Technology in Society
Daniel Lee Kleinman and Jo Handelsman, Series Editors

“It’s rare that an anthology sparks a critical shift in thinking. The New Political Sociology of Science has synthesized science studies and other areas to generate an exciting approach that integrates both politicaleconomic and cultural approaches to the politics of science. In doing so, it has become a foundation for a whole generation of scholarship.”
—Phil Brown, Northeastern University

In the twenty-first century, the production and use of scientific knowledge is more regulated, commercialized, and participatory than at any other time. The stakes in understanding those changes are high for scientist and nonscientist alike: they challenge traditional ideas of intellectual work and property and have the potential to remake legal and professional boundaries and transform the practice of research. A critical examination of the structures of power and inequality these changes hinge upon, this book explores the implications for human health, democratic society, and the environment.



Scott Frickel is an associate professor of sociology and environmental studies at Brown University.


Kelly Moore is an associate professor of sociology at Loyola University Chicago.





“The chapters . . . in this volume break new ground and attempt to develop descriptive and analytical frameworks that show the complex causes, interactions, and outcomes associated with increasing proprietary behavior of universities and links with the private sector.”
Contemporary Sociology

“This collection continues to profoundly influence STS scholarship, directing our attention to the importance of social movements and structural power relations in the construction of scientific knowledge. Taken as a whole, The New Political Sociology of Science makes a powerful case for re-focusing our research on sites of social, environmental, and economic struggle.”
—Rebecca Lave, Indiana University



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December 2005
LC: 2005008260 Q
500 pp.   6 x 9
4 b/w figs., 8 tables

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