Deciphering Science and Technology

The Social Relations of Expertise

  • Ian Varcoe
  • Maureen McNeil
  • Steven Yearley

Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)

About this book


As science and technology have pervaded modern life to an ever greater degree, social scientists have been led to find questions of the causes and consequences of 'expert' knowledge arising in places that would have been felt unlikely hitherto. Varcoe, McNeil and Yearley's book assembles nine exemplary studies by sociologists, each of which explores an aspect of the current scientific-technological 'revolution'. Some popular ideas are challenged. So, too, implicitly, are certain large-scale social scientific theories claiming to have discerned in science and technology an overall meaning.


automation biotechnology industry innovation knowledge research science sociology technology trade trade unions

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Varcoe
    • 1
  • Maureen McNeil
    • 2
  • Steven Yearley
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LeedsBelfastUK
  2. 2.University of BirminghamBelfastUK
  3. 3.Queen’s UniversityBelfastUK

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