STS is EVERYWHERE! But what exactly IS STS?! Where does it come from? How can I situate myself in the field??
To answer these questions I have started to read the following book and will write down some notes: Sismondo, Sergio (2004). An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. Blackwell.
STS: the intersection of different fields (sociology, history, philosophy, anthropology).
Previously two streams, have now been merged:
- S& TS (science and technology studies): science and technology understood as a discursive, social and material activity, later on, concerned with legitimate places of expertise, science in public spheres, place of public interest in scientific decision making
- STS (Science, Technology and Society): understands social issues linked to the development in science and technology, those developments could be harnessed to democratic /egalitarian ideals. à later on concerned with understanding the dynamics of science, technology and medicine.