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Author Panagiotou, Aristeidis, author

Title Structure, agency and biotechnology : the case of the Rothamsted GM wheat trials / Aristeidis Panagiotou
Published New York : Anthem Press, 2017
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Contents Cover; Front Matter; Half-title; Series information; Title page; Copyright information; Dedication; Table of contents; List of Illustrations; List of abbreviations; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1-9; Chapter 1 A Holistic Approach to The GM Controversy; The GM Controversy as a "Lightning Rod"; Public Sentiment, Scientific Viewpoints and Legislative Frameworks: A Dissonant Coexistence; The EU regulatory system; England decides to endorse GM cultivation while the rest of the UK opt out; The STC inquiry; A Brief History of the GM Debate in the UK; The National Consensus Conference
Conclusion: From anathema to exegesisThe Contribution of Mouzelis; Post-Marxist alternatives; Holistic logic in Marxism; The relative autonomy of the political sphere and the base/superstructure dichotomy; Technology, Appropriation, Ideology (TAI); Technology; Appropriation; Ideology; The Contribution of Stones; Strong Structuration Theory; External structures; External structures as constraints/enablements; Position-practices as external structures; Resources as external structures; Internal structures; The conjuncturally specific knowledge of external structures
Some central problems in social constructivismMisa's meso-level approach; Hughes's "technological momentum"; The idiom of "co-production"; Technoscientific progress and social change: Backward and forward; Chapter 3 Science and Technology Studies: A Critical Overview of the Field; Back to Merton; The place of science in society; Merton: Backward and forward; Science as a Golem: The Sociology of Scientific Knowledge; The origins of the "Strong Programme" in SSK; The Empirical Programme of Relativism: Legacy and main tenets; The problems of empiricism and relativism in EPOR
The GM Nation? Public debateThe ill-fated FSA public dialogue; The "Second Push" of the Agbiotech Industry; The Rothamsted GM wheat field trials; The significance of the field trials; The Need for a Holistic Framework; The structure of the book; Chapter 2 Rethinking Science, Technology and Society Relations: Definitions, Boundaries and Underlying ...; Technological Artifacts, Scientific Knowledge and the Social Order; What is technological determinism?; The fundamental flaw in technological determinism; Beyond technological determinism: The case of social constructivism
The problem of symmetry in EPOREPOR: Backward and forward; Actor-Network Theory; Agnosticism; Generalized symmetry; The end of dualisms and the advent of free association; Actants and actor-networks; ANT: Backward and forward; Andrew Pickering and the Mangle of Practice; Post-humanism in Pickering; Hubris and the heuristic value in the Mangle: Backward and forward; Ontology and Methodology in STS: Toward a Critical Synthesis; Chapter 4 Benton, Mouzelis, Stones: Some Key Advances in Contemporary Sociology; The Contribution of Benton; Human and animal relations; The hierarchy of sciences
Summary "Structure, Agency, Biotechnology" argues for the significance of sociological theory and highlights the insights that it can offer into the study of agricultural biotechnology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed July 31, 2017)
Subject Agricultural biotechnology.
Transgenic plants.
Wheat -- Biotechnology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1783087048 (electronic bk.)
9781783087044 (electronic bk.)