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Alternative Pathways in Science and Industry
Author: David J. Hess

ISBN: 9780262582728
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 16 April 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2
Description:
Winner, 2009 Robert K. Merton Book Award given by the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. In "Alternative Pathways in Science and Industry, " David Hess examines how social movements and other forms of activism affect innovation in science, technology, and industry. Synthesizing and extending work in social studies of science and technology, social movements, and globalization, Hess explores the interaction of grassroots environmental action and mainstream industry and offers a conceptual framework for understanding it. Hess proposes a theory of scientific and technological change that considers the roles of both industry and grassroots consumers in setting the research agenda in science and technology and he identifies alternative pathways by which social movements can influence scientific and technological innovation. He analyzes four of these pathways: industrial opposition movements organized against targeted technologies (as in the campaign against nuclear energy); technology- and product-oriented movements, which press for alternatives (as does the organic food movement); localism, which pro...

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