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Simone Tosoni and Trevor Pinch

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035279

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035279.001.0001

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Simone Tosoni

Trevor Pinch

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The chapter addresses the popularization of the main acquisitions of social constructionist sociology in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS), done by Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch in the volumes of their Golem trilogy, dedicated respectively to science, technology and medicine. The polemical target of the trilogy, the "flip-flop" understanding of science, technology and medicine, that induces the public to oscillate from an unconditioned trust in scientist, engineers and medics as god-like figures, to a complete skepticism and distrust and vice versa. The chapter also addressed the reasons behind the harsh confrontations between constructionist sociologists of science and scientists occurred in the '90s, known as "Science Wars", and some events connected to the confrontations, like the famous hoax by Alan Sokal.

Keywords:   Social constructionism, Golem Trilogy, Flip-flop understanding of science, Science Wars, Sokal’s Hoax

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