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Woolgar, Steve

Works: 49 works in 248 publications in 3 languages and 5,560 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other
Classifications: QH315, 574.072
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Most widely held works by Steve Woolgar
Virtual society? : technology, cyberbole, reality by Steve Woolgar( )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Almost all aspects of social, cultural, economic and political life stand to be affected by the new electronic technologies. Virtual Society? is one vision of the consequential impact of these technologies. But to what extent and in what ways are the Internet and other electronic technologies really changing our lives? To what extent are we moving to a 'virtual society'? This collection provides a comprehensive set of detailed empirical studies of the genesis and use of these new technologies, ranging widely across application areas: from cyber-cafés to new media; email and organizational memory: to surveillance-capable technologies in the workplace; virtual reality to CCTV in high-rise housing; stock exchange addicts to student study networks. It offers a unique perspective -- analytic scepticism -- for making sense of some surprisingly counterintuitive results, and for developing a refreshingly critical view of many taken-for-granted assumptions about the impact of the Internet on social relations and institutions. Each chapter presents a high quality exemplar of its own disciplinary perspective, addressed to a general social science audience. The diversity of disciplinary perspectives is brought to bear in a central message laid out in the opening discussion of the 'Five Rules of Virtuality', that with due reflexive caution and ironic sensitivity, general messages can be drawn from the observations of particular substantive contexts. In particular, claims that we are moving to a 'virtual society' need to be tempered by a reassessment of connections between what counts as 'real' and 'virtual'. --Publisher description
Laboratory life : the construction of scientific facts by Bruno Latour( Book )

43 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This highly original work presents laboratory science in a deliberately skeptical way: as an anthropological approach to the culture of the scientist. Drawing on recent work in literary criticism, the authors study how the social world of the laboratory produces papers and other "texts, "and how the scientific vision of reality becomes that set of statements considered, for the time being, too expensive to change. The book is based on field work done by Bruno Latour in Roger Guillemin's laboratory at the Salk Institute and provides an important link between the sociology of modern sciences and laboratory studies in the history of science
Laboratory life : the social construction of scientific facts by Bruno Latour( Book )

17 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Knowledge and reflexivity : new frontiers in the sociology of knowledge by Steve Woolgar( Book )

27 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science, the very idea by Steve Woolgar( Book )

22 editions published between 1987 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The machine at work : technology, work, and organization by Keith Grint( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is an account of the relationship between technology and work. Firstly, it reviews and critically assesses a variety of recent approaches to the social and cultural dimensions of technology. Secondly, it examines the implications of these new approaches for existing ideas about the nature of technology and work organization
Mundane governance : ontology and accountability by Steve Woolgar( )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is to be made of the outcry when newly issued recycling 'wheelie' bins are discovered to contain microchips for weighing and evaluating householders' rubbish? The angry accusations that speed cameras are generating excessive income for the government? These increasingly widespread reactions to ordinary events and everyday phenomena share a common theme. This book takes these concerns as the starting point for exploring the ways in which relations of governance and accountability in contemporary life are organized around ordinary, everyday pervasive objects and technologies
Representation in scientific practice by Michael Lynch( Book )

9 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Globalization in Practice by N. J Thrift( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The concept of globalization has become ubiquitous in social science and in the public consciousness and is often invoked as an explanation for a diverse range of changes to economies, societies, politics and cultures - both as a positive liberating force and as a wholly negative one. While our understanding of the politics, economics, and social resonance of the phenomenon has become increasingly sophisticated at the macro-level, this book argues that globalization too often continues to be depicted as a set of extra-terrestrial forces with no real physical manifestation, except as effects. The essays challenge this dominant understanding of 'globalization from above' through explorations of the mundane means by which globalization has been achieved. Instead of a focus on the meta-political economy of global capitalism, the book concentrates on the everyday life of capitalism, the not-so-'little' things that keep the 'large' forces of globalization ticking over. With its eye on the mundane, the book demonstrates that a series of everyday and, consequently, all but invisible formations critically facilitate and create the conditions under which globalization has flourished. The emphasis is on concrete moments in the history of capitalism when these new means of regular reproduction were invented and deployed. Only by understanding these infrastructures can we understand the dynamics of globalization. In short, punchy essays by distinguished researchers from across a range of disciplines, this book provides a new way of understanding globalization, moving away from the standard accounts of global forces, economic flows, and capitalist dynamics, to show how ordinary practices and artefacts are crucial elements and symbols of globalization."--Publisher's description
La vie de laboratoire : la production des faits scientifiques by Bruno Latour( Book )

22 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in French and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comment travaillent les scientifiques? Stimulant et novateur, ce livre s'adresse, à la fois, aux chercheurs scientifiques et à ceux qui souhaitent mieux comprendre la place de la science dans nos sociétés
Visualization in the age of computerization by Annamaria Carusi( )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Digitalization and computerization are now pervasive in science. This has deep consequences for our understanding of scientific knowledge and of the scientific process, and challenges longstanding assumptions and traditional frameworks of thinking of scientific knowledge. Digital media and computational processes challenge our conception of the way in which perception and cognition work in science, of the objectivity of science, and the nature of scientific objects. They bring about new relationships between science, art and other visual media, and new ways of practicing science and organizing
Sociedad virtual? : tecnología, "cibérbole", realidad( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in Spanish and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cognitive turn : sociological and psychological perspectives on science by Steve Fuller( )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If nothing else, the twelve papers assembled in this volume should lay to rest the idea that the interesting debates about the nature of science are still being conducted by "internalists" vs. "externalists, "" rationalists" vs. "arationalists, n or even "normative epistemologists" vs. "empirical sociologists of knowledge." Although these distinctions continue to haunt much of the theoretical discussion in philosophy and sociology of science, our authors have managed to elude their strictures by finally getting beyond the post-positivist preoccupation of defending a certain division of labor among the science studies disciplines. But this is hardly to claim that our historians, philosophers, sociologists, and psychologists have brought about an "end of ideology," or even an "era of good feelings," to their debates. Rather, they have drawn new lines of battle which center more squarely than ever on practical matters of evaluating and selecting methods for studying science. To get a vivid sense of the new terrain that was staked out at the Yearbook conference, let us start by meditating on a picture. The front cover of a recent collection of sociological studies edited by one of us (Woolgar 1988) bears a stylized picture of a series of lined up open books presented in a typical perspective fashion. The global shape comes close to a trapezium, and is composed of smaller trapeziums gradually decreasing in size and piled upon each other so as to suggest a line receding in depth. The perspective is stylized too
The reflexive thesis : wrighting sociology of scientific knowledge by Malcolm Ashmore( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This unusually innovative book treats reflexivity, not as a philosophical conundrum, but as a practical issue that arises in the course of scholarly research and argument. In order to demonstrate the concrete and consequential nature of reflexivity, Malcolm Ashmore concentrates on an area in which reflexive "problems" are acute: the sociology of scientific knowledge. At the forefront of recent radical changes in our understanding of science, this increasingly influential mode of analysis specializes in rigorous deconstructions of the research practices and textual products of the scientific enterprise. Through a series of detailed examinations of the practices and products of the sociology of scientific knowledge, Ashmore turns its own claims and findings back onto itself and opens up a whole new era of exploration beyond the common fear of reflexive self-destruction
Representation in scientific practice revisited by Catelijne Coopmans( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Representation in Scientific Practice, published by the MIT Press in 1990, helped coalesce a long-standing interest in scientific visualization among historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science and remains a touchstone for current investigations in science and technology studies. This volume revisits the topic, taking into account both the changing conceptual landscape of STS and the emergence of new imaging technologies in scientific practice. It offers cutting-edge research on a broad array of fields that study information as well as short reflections on the evolution of the field by leading scholars, including some of the contributors to the 1990 volume. The essays consider the ways in which viewing experiences are crafted in the digital era; the embodied nature of work with digital technologies; the constitutive role of materials and technologies—from chalkboards to brain scans—in the production of new scientific knowledge; the metaphors and images mobilized by communities of practice; and the status and significance of scientific imagery in professional and popular culture
Does STS mean business?( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steve Woolgar research materials on pulsars by Steve Woolgar( )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Audio recordings, notes, and transcripts. Consists of interviews with thirty-nine physicists, astronomers, and radio astronomers involved in the discovery and subsequent work on pulsars. These interviews were conducted in connection with Woolgar's thesis entitled: The emergence and growth of research areas in science with special reference to research on pulsars. The longest interviews are with S. Jocelyn Bell, Geoffrey Burbidge,R.D. Davies, Edward J. Groth, James E. Gunn, Richard N. Henriksen, Anthony Hewish, Michael Kesteven, A.G. Lyne, F. Curtis Michel, Jeremiah P. Ostriker, F. Graham Smith, Kip S. Thorne, and Sachiko Tsuruta. Three interviews were not taped; only four tape-recorded interviews were transcribed
Software is society made malleable : the importance of conceptions of audience in software and research practice by Geoff Cooper( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Misleading innocence : tracing what a bridge can do( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This film is part of a curatorial project carried out by Francesco Garutti while in residence as Emerging Curator 2013-2014 at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The film explores the controversial story of the planning and politics of a series of overpasses on Long Island, commissioned in the 1920s and 1930s by the influential American public administrator Robert Moses. The story suggests that the bridges had been designed expressly to prevent the passage of buses, thereby only allowing people who could afford to own a car to access Long Island's leisure spaces. The questions that the story raises are timlier now than ever before. They engage with issues of secrecy and control, the morals of power and the effects of technology: What is the relationship between politics and artefacts? How and to what degree can a project's intentions be deliberately concealed? What are the deviously designed effects and the unplanned political consequences of the agency of the artefacts that surround us? The film explores these questions through interviews with four scholars who in the 1980s and 1990s debated possible interpretations of the case. The film alludes rather than explains, interweaving reportage with the abstraction of theories. It mixes the deafening sound of automobiles with the singing of the birds that live along the parkways of Long Island, which are now almost one hundred years old."--Container
¿Sociedad virtual? tecnología, "cibérbole", realidad( )

1 edition published in 2005 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Laboratory life : the construction of scientific facts
Laboratory life : the construction of scientific factsThe machine at work : technology, work, and organizationRepresentation in scientific practiceSociedad virtual? : tecnología, "cibérbole", realidadThe reflexive thesis : wrighting sociology of scientific knowledge¿Sociedad virtual? tecnología, "cibérbole", realidad
Alternative Names
Steve Woolgar britischer Soziologe

Steve Woolgar Brits socioloog

Steve Woolgar sociòleg britànic

Steve Woolgar Sociólogo Británico

Steve Woolgar sociologue britannique

Woolgar, Steven

Woolgar, Steven 1950-


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