Review: Stefan Böschen & Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer (Eds.) (2003). Wissenschaft in der Wissensgesellschaft [Science in a Knowledge Society]

  • Till Westermayer Universität Freiburg
Keywords: science, knowledge society, risk, non-knowledge, tacit knowledge, reflexive modernization

Abstract

Titled "Science in a knowledge society," the volume presents contributions which discuss "knowledge" from very different points of view: as scientific knowledge, as an economic resource, as non-knowledge and as tacit knowledge. Roughly half of the entries are anchored in the theory of reflexive modernization, whereas the other half orientates itself to the concept of a knowledge society. The review discusses Martin HEIDENREICH's overview of the debate about the knowledge society and, in shorter form, the other entries are ordered by the themes of "Knowledge as economic resource," "Knowledge and non-knowledge," and "Science and reflexive modernization." Three common conclusions drawn from the discussions in this heterogeneous volume are: (1) there is a turn towards practice theory in the social sciences, (2) a denial exists of the view that the knowledge society is a linear growth from the influence of science in society, and (3), that the politics and policies of science are seen as fields of growing importance. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0502154

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Author Biography

Till Westermayer, Universität Freiburg
Till WESTERMAYER (Jg. 1975) hat in Freiburg Soziologie, Informatik und Psychologie studiert und sein Studium mit einer qualitativ orientierten Magisterarbeit zum "Virtuellen Parteitag" von Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Baden-Württemberg abgeschlossen. Er ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Forstbenutzung und Forstliche Arbeitswissenschaft der Universität Freiburg. Parallel dazu arbeitet er im Rahmen seines Promotionsvorhabens "Technik und Alltagskultur" und im Netzwerk Neue Medien e.V. an techniksoziologischen Fragestellungen. Till WESTERMAYER hat in zurückliegenden Ausgaben von FQS Rezensionen verfasst zu: "Computer und Weltbild. Habitualisierte Konzepte von der Welt der Computer" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/2-03/2-03review-westermayer-d.htm) (Peter BERGER, 2001) und "Experten des Alltags" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/1-04/1-04review-westermayer-d.htm) (Karl H. HÖRNING, 2001).
Published
2005-05-31