The Sociology of Scientific Work – The Fundamental Relationship between Science and Society

In science and engineering faculties just about everywhere, social science training courses have been introduced. Sometimes, the temptation is to believe that a dash of epistemology will be enough to get across to young scientists exactly what science in action is all about. Others believe that a dose of ethics is what they need to be able to deal with society-related problems. Of course, such beliefs are by and largely illusory. Obviously, some kind of philosophical training has its worth, but what our young experts also need is scientific training that will allow them to get to grips with the real socio-scientific dynamics. They need to be able to understand the dynamics behind the creation of knowledge and innovation, but they also need to be able to act on these, both as professional actors and as responsible citizens. This book provides analysis frameworks to help students and scholars to decode the stakes underlying and surrounding science and technology. It looks at different ways in which science and society interrelate (for example, the emergence of scientific disciplines, the dynamics behind innovation, technical democracy and so on), and at the main social mechanisms that drive and sustain science (institutions, organizations, exchanges between researchers, building of content, concrete practices and so on).


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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