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Community and Identity in Contemporary Technosciences

Editors: Kastenhofer, Karen, Molyneux-Hodgson, Susan (Eds.)

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  • Reinvigorates the concept of scientific community
  • Delineates ongoing changes across a range of epistemic cultures
  • Elaborates on social, cultural and political aspects of contemporary technoscience
  • Traces historical influences on technoscience, including in the European context 
  • Provides new thinking on scientific identity formation
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This open access edited book provides new thinking on scientific identity formation. It thoroughly interrogates the concepts of community and identity, including both historical and contemporaneous analyses of several scientific fields. Chapters examine whether, and how, today’s scientific identities and communities are subject to fundamental changes, reacting to tangible shifts in research funding as well as more intangible transformations in our society’s understanding and expectations of technoscience. In so doing, this book reinvigorates the concept of scientific community.

Readers will discover empirical analyses of newly emerging fields such as synthetic biology, systems biology and nanotechnology, and accounts of the evolution of theoretical conceptions of scientific identity and community. With inspiring examples of technoscientific identity work and community constellations, along with thought-provoking hypotheses and discussion, the work has a broad appeal. Those involved in science governance will benefit particularly from this book, and it has much to offer those in scholarly fields including sociology of science, science studies, philosophy of science and history of science, as well as teachers of science and scientists themselves.

About the authors

Karen Kastenhofer holds a PhD in biology and has been working in the field of social studies of science for two decades. She specializes in the reconstruction of epistemic cultures, the convergence of science and technology within the newly emerging technosciences and socio-political ramifications thereof. For the past ten years she has been tracing the emergence of systems biology as a potentially new epistemic culture and community in various national contexts. She is currently based at the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Technology Assessment and teaches at the University of Vienna.

Susan Molyneux-Hodgson FRSA is a Professor of Sociology at University of Exeter and currently the Associate Dean for Research. She has been working in the field of social studies of science for over twenty years and specialises in the sociological analysis of scientific knowledge production, science-society relations and interdisciplinary research. For the past ten years she has been tracing the emergence of synthetic biology as a potentially new field of scientific practice. She has begun to study the work of nuclear-oriented research communities, such as materials science and radioecology. Her research projects have been supported by multiple UK Research Councils, the EU and by industry.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Making Sense of Community and Identity in Twenty-First Century Technoscience

    Pages 1-37

    Kastenhofer, Karen (et al.)

  • Remaining Central and Interdisciplinary: Conditions for Success of a Research Speciality at the University of Strasbourg (1961–2011)

    Pages 41-64

    Noël, Marianne

  • What Synthetic Biology Aims At: Review Articles as Sites for Constructing and Narrating an Emerging Field

    Pages 65-84

    Blümel, Clemens

  • The Emergence of Technoscientific Fields and the New Political Sociology of Science

    Pages 85-106

    Raimbault, Benjamin (et al.)

  • Self-Organisation and Steering in International Research Collaborations

    Pages 107-125

    Ulnicane, Inga

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Community and Identity in Contemporary Technosciences
Editors
  • Karen Kastenhofer
  • Susan Molyneux-Hodgson
Series Title
Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook
Series Volume
31
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-61728-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-61728-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-61727-1
Series ISSN
0167-2320
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 315
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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