Core Literature

Topic list
Core literature
Learning outcomes
Techniques of reading and writing practices

Core List of Texts
The ESST Association has designed a list of topics and texts which are considered as being the core of the programme. No matter at which university you are enrolled, all ESST students in Europe will discuss the following texts in the first semester:

  1. Bijker, W.(1995). Of bicycles, bakelites, and bulbs: toward a theory of sociotechnical change. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. Pp.1-100.
  2. Bijker, W., Bal, R., & Hendriks, R.(2009). Paradox of Scientific Authority: the role of scientific advice in democracies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
  3. Callon, Michel, Pierre Lascoumes, and Yannick Barthe. (2011). Acting in an uncertain world: An essay on technical democracy. Cambridge: MIT Press. Chapter 5: pp.153-189:
  4. Epstein, S. (2005), Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 1-16, Chapter One (17-29) and Conclusion (277-302).
  5. Faerberg, J. (2003), “Schumpeter and the revival of evolutionary economics: An appraisal of the literature”, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 13(2), 125-159.
  6. Hacking, I (1986) Making Up People. In: Reconstructing Individualism, ed., T. Heller et al. Stanford University Press, 222-236.
  7. Haraway, D. (1991). “Situated Knowledge: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective” in D. Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature, New York: Routledge, pp. 183-201.
  8. Jasanoff, Sheila (2004) States of Knowledeg: the coproduction of Science and the Social Order. Routledge
  9. Knorr-Cetina, K. K. (1999). Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge. Harvard University Press.
  10. Latour, B. (1987). Science in action: how to follow engineers and scientists through society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Introduction, pp. 1-17; chapter 2, pp. 63-100; chapter 3, pp. 103-144.
  11. Latour, B (2004) ’Why Has Critique Run Out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern’, Critical Inquiry 30.
  12. Lundvall, B.A. (2007), “National Innovation Systems—Analytical Concept and Development Tool”, Industry and Innovation, 14(1): 95-119
  13. Marres, N. (2012) Material Participation: Technology, the Environment and Everyday Publics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan
  14. Mol, A. (2002). The body multiple: ontology in medical practice (Science and cultural theory). Durham: Duke University Press
  15. Nowotny, H., P. Scott, and M. Gibbons (Eds) (2001), Re-Thinking Science: Knowledge and the Public in an Age of Uncertainty. London: Polity Press, preface and chapter 1, pp. vii-20.
  16. Owen, R., J. Bessant, M. Heintz (eds), Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  17. Rogers, E.M. (2003), Diffusion of innovations, The Free Press (5th edition), New York: Chapter 1.
  18. Shapin, S. (1984) Pump and Circumstance. Robert Boyle’s Literary Technology, Social Studies of Science 14: 481-520
  19. Winner, Langdon “Do artefacts have politics?” Daedalus 109 (1980), 121-136.

Additional Resources
Besides the core text that students will read as compulsory literature, the course books also provides them with advices about related literature. Below you find a list of some interesting books, journals and websites.

Introductions in STS
Some authors, mostly old dogs in the field, manage to write an overview with a personal touch and from a specific perspective. Such books are a compelling read. If you can afford it, such books add lustre to your bookshelf at home. Our tips for your shelf:

  • Biagioli, M., (1999). The science studies reader, New York and London: Routledge.
  • Bauchspies, W., Croissant, J., Restivo, S. (2006). Science, technology and society: A sociological approach. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing
  • Bijker, Wiebe E., Thomas P. Hughes & Trevor J. Pinch (Eds.) (2012) The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (originally published in 1987)
  • Bucchi, M. (2004). Science in Society: An introduction to social studies of science. London: Routledge.
  • Collins, H. and T. Pinch (1993). The Golem: What Everyone Should Know about Science. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P.
  • Collins, H., Pinch, T. (1998). The Golem at large: What Everyone Should Know about Technology. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P.
  • Collins, H., Pinch, T. (2005). Dr Golem: How to think about Medicine. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Cutcliffe, S., & Mitcham, C. (Eds.) (2001). Visions of STS. Counterpoints in Science, Technology and Society studies. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Hackett, E.J. et al. (Eds.) (2008). The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (2nd ed). Cambridge Mass: The MIT Press.
  • Hess, D. (1997) Science Studies: an advanced introduction. New York: New York University Press.
  • Hommels, A., Mesman, J. Bijker, W.(2014) Vulnerability in Technological Cultures. New Directions in research and Governance. Cambridge MA: The MIT Press.
  • Jasanoff, S. et al. (Eds.) (1995). Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Seven Oaks: Sage.
  • Kleinman, D. L., (2005). Science and Technology in Society: From Biotechnology to the Internet. Oxford. Blackwell Publishing.
  • Kleinman, D.L. et al (Eds.) (2005) Controversies in Science & Technology: from maize to menopause. Vol.1. New Rochelle: Mary-Ann Liebert Publishers.
  • Kleinman, D.L. et al (Eds.) (2008). Controversies in Science & Technology: from climate to chromosomes. Vol. 2. New Rochelle: Mary-Ann Liebert Publishers.
  • Kleinman, D.L & Moore, K. (Eds.)(2014) Routlegde Handbook of Science, Technology and Society. Routledge
  • MacKenzie, D.A., & Wajcman, J. (Eds.) (1999, 2nd edition). The Social Shaping of Technology. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
  • Misa, Thomas., Philip Brey & Andrew Feenberg (eds) (2003).  Modernity and Technology, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Restivo, S. (2005). Science, Technology and Society: An Encyclopedia. Oxford: Oxford UP.
  • Sismondo, S. (2010). An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. 2nd revised edition. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Books on Methods

  • Booth, W., Colomb, G., & Williams, J. (2008). The craft of research (3rd ed.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Gilbert, Nigel (2008) Researching Social Life. London: Sage
  • Law, J (2004) After Method: mess in social science research. New York: Routledge
  • Seale, Cl. (2011). Researching Society and Culture (3rd ed). London: Sage
  • Lury, C and Wakefield, N (Eds.) (2012) Inventive Methods, New York: Routledge