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Bringing Pierre Bourdieu to Science and Technology Studies

  • Mathieu Albert
  • Daniel Lee Kleinman

For many years, the most high profile work in science and technology studies (STS) did not theorize the place of power in the scientific field. Scholars were not inclined to explore the extent to which the social organization of science affects who the winners and losers are in technoscientific struggles. This began to change in the 1990s and recent years have seen a wide array of scholarship which explicitly or implicitly treats the scientific field, to paraphrase Pierre Bourdieu, as a field like any other, with its struggles, interests and distributions of power (e.g., Frickel and Moore 2006; Kleinman 2003). Despite this growing attention to power, struggle, and inequality in science, relatively few scholars have integrated the conceptual tools developed by Pierre Bourdieu into their work (but see Albert et al. 2008, 2009; Cooper 2009; Fourcade 2009; Hong, 2008; Kim 2009). The essays in this volume explicitly engage Bourdieu in their STS scholarship and set a provocative foundation...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wilson Centre and Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Community and Environmental SociologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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