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Technical Knowledge in American Culture, Technical Knowledge in American Culture, 0817307931, 0-8173-0793-1, 978-0-8173-0793-6, 9780817307936, , , Technical Knowledge in American Culture, 0817382720, 0-8173-8272-0, 978-0-8173-8272-8, 9780817382728,

Technical Knowledge in American Culture
Science, Technology, and Medicine Since the Early 1800s
Edited by Hamilton Cravens, Alan I Marcus, and David M. Katzman

Quality Paper
1996. 280 pp.
978-0-8173-0793-6
Price:  $34.95 s
E Book
2009. 280 pp.
978-0-8173-8272-8
Price:  $34.95 d

Technical Knowledge in American Culture addresses the relationships between what modern-day experts say to each other and to their constituencies and whether what they say and do relates to the larger culture, society, and era. These essays challenge the social impact model by looking at science, technology, and medicine not as social activities but as intellectual activities.


"This volume vigorously challenges the new social history of science, technology, and medicine. Through a remarkably cohesive series of case studies it demonstrates that underlying cultural notions in any given era shape, inform, and inspire that era's technical knowledge and discourse. The book will appeal to established scholars and their students alike. This is revisionist history in the best sense."
—Howard P. Segal, University of Maine

"The editors have succeeded in producing a book that possesses both cohesiveness and coherence. The individual essays are illuminating and significant, interesting and provocative. . . . As a group they have an important message to convey that offers a counterweight to the current dominance of social history an alternate point of view that is much needed."
—Gerald N. Grob, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

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