Science, Technology, Society, and Law

Posted: 26 Oct 2017

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Simon A. Cole

University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law and Society

Alyse Bertenthal

University of California, Irvine

Date Written: October 2017

Abstract

Law and regulation increasingly interact with science, technology, and medicine in contemporary society. Law and social science (LSS) analyses can therefore benefit from rigorous, nuanced social scientific accounts of the nature of scientific knowledge and practice. Over the past two decades, LSS scholars have increasingly turned for such accounts to the field known as science and technology studies (STS). This article reviews the LSS literature that draws on STS. Our discussion is divided into two primary sections. We first discuss LSS literature that draws on STS because it deals with issues in which law and science interact. We then discuss literature that draws on STS because it sees law as analogous to science as a knowledge-producing institution amenable to social science analysis. We suggest that through both of these avenues STS can encourage a newly critical view within LSS scholarship.

Suggested Citation

Cole, Simon A. and Bertenthal, Alyse, Science, Technology, Society, and Law (October 2017). Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 13, pp. 351-371, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3059658 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-lawsocsci-110316-113550

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Alyse Bertenthal

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