Technoscientific Imaginaries: Conversations, Profiles, and Memoirs



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Book Abstract: What is it like to be a scientist at the end of the twentieth century? How have shifts in power and in assumptions about knowledge affected scientific practice? Who are the people behind the new technologies, and how do they address the difficult moral and professional issues during a time of global change? Techno-Scientific Imaginaries explores these and other important questions at the approach of the new millennium.

In the penetrating essays, twenty-four distinguished contributoes from a broad rnage of fields present the voices of the scientists themselves—through interviews, conversations, and memoirs. We hear from Lithuanian physicists who discuss science after Communism and their own fantasies about what Western science is; a Japanese-American woman struggling with her ambivalence over designing nuclear weapons; political activists in India who examine relations among science, environmental politics, and government ideology in the aftermath of the Bhopal disaster; and many others, including biologists, physicians, coporate resarchers, and scientists working with virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies.


Marcus, George E., ed. 1995. Technoscientific Imaginaries: Conversations, Profiles, and Memoirs. Late Editions 2. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press.

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George Marcus, "Technoscientific Imaginaries: Conversations, Profiles, and Memoirs", contributed by James Adams, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 3 August 2018, accessed 12 August 2022.