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Introduction: How the Sociology of Science and Technology Addresses Science and Society Relations

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The sociology of science and technology is paying growing attention to how the scientific field connects with other spheres of society. Increasingly pushed to leave their “ivory tower”, to become accountable to taxpayers, to generate useful, marketable products, to take responsibility for negative impacts, to engage with the concerns of citizens and stakeholders and regain their trust, scientists are thus incentivised to establish ties with non-academic actors. This chapter provides a brief overview of how the sociology of science and technology has been addressing the issue of science and society relations. It then summarises the chapters included in this book.

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Acknowledgements

The editors are grateful to the European Sociological Association for funding the SSTNET 2016 workshop and the language revision of the book, and to the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon for hosting the workshop. The author also wishes to thank Fabienne Crettaz Von Roten and Katarina Prpić for their useful comments to this Introduction. We are also grateful for the useful comments of reviewers.

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  1. 1.Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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