, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 193–198 | Cite as

Luigi Pellizzoni and Marja Ylönen (eds.), Neoliberalism and Technoscience: Critical Assessments

Series: Theory, Technology and Society Ashgate, Farnham/Burlington, VT, 2012, 245 pp
  • Peter Wehling
Book Review

Since the 1980s the concepts of “neoliberalism” and “technoscience,” although both of them were coined earlier, have almost simultaneously become rather prominent conceptual tools in various fields of social science research. The starting point of Neoliberalism and Technoscience: Critical Assessments, edited by Luigi Pellizzoni and Marja Ylönen, is the assumption that this temporal overlap is not just a coincidence and that it would be “quite surprising, then, to find no or merely casual connections between neoliberalization processes and technoscience” (2). There is already some work in science and technology studies (STS) and the sociology of science investigating the impact of neoliberalism on (techno-)science, frequently focusing on the management of scientific institutions; in addition, there are a number of studies, often inspired by Michel Foucault’s work on biopolitics and governmentality, on the close relations of (techno-)science and neoliberalism in the field of biomedicine...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Institut für SoziologieJohann Wolfgang Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt am MainGermany

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