Technological Reconfigurations of Science and Society

  • Sabine Maasen
  • Sascha Dickel
  • Christoph Schneider

Part of the Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook book series (SOSC, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. TechnoScienceRationalities

  3. TechnoScienceInfrastructures

  4. TechnoScienceGovernance

  5. TechnoSciencePublics

About this book


This book introduces the term of TechnoScienceSociety to focus on the ongoing technological reconfigurations of science and society. It aspires to use the breadth of Science and Technology Studies to perform a critical diagnosis of our contemporary culture. Instead of constructing technology as society’s “other”, the book sets out to highlight the both complex and ambivalent entanglements of technologies, sciences and socialities. It provides some tentative steps towards a diagnosis of a society in which individuals and organizations address themselves, their pasts, presents, futures, hopes and problems in technoscientific modes. Technosciences redesign matter, life, self and society. However, they do not operate independently: Technoscientific practices are deeply socially and culturally constituted.

The diverse contributions highlight the ongoing technological reconfigurations of rationalities, infrastructures, modes of governance, and publics. The book aims to inspire scholars and students to think and analyze contemporary conditions in new ways drawing on, and expanding, the toolkits of Science and Technology Studies.


Technoscience and Society Science Policy and Governance Science and Technology Studies Infrastructures in Society Emerging Technologies Public Engagement in Science and Technology Technopolitics Technoscience, democracy, and public life Relationship between science, technology and society Techno-human condition Neoliberalism and Technoscience Advancement of Learning and Ignorance Transclassic technology Development of Research Methods in Technoscience Material Politics of Infrastructure Intelligent automotive technology Biofacts, Bioprospecting, and Biobanking Digital Media and the Politics of Platforms Emergence of Phronetic TechnoScienceSocieties Technologies of Participation in Digital Citizen Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabine Maasen
    • 1
  • Sascha Dickel
    • 2
  • Christoph Schneider
    • 3
  1. 1.Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS)Technical University MunichMunich, BavariaGermany
  2. 2.Institute of SociologyJohannes Gutenberg University MainzMainzGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems AnalysisKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany

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