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Posted on: 25 Jan 2012
Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Library Instruction Coordinator, Northeastern University Libraries
The aim of this interdisciplinary quarterly is to promote STS (science, technology and society) studies in East Asia, while providing a forum for scholars around the world to share “research and commentary on how society and culture and the dynamics of science, technology, and medicine, are mutually shaped and coproduced.” The international scope is reflected in the editorial board, composed of scholars from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.
To get the flavor of this title, consider the recent thematic issue: “Rice Science, Rice Technology and Rice Societies: Materiality in Research, Knowledge, and Practice in Asia’s Main Food Crop.” A spectrum of STS disciplines are explored in the articles here, such as: “Technological Momentum and the Hegemony of the Green Revolution: A Case Study of an Organic Rice Cooperative in Taiwan,” “Living with Materiality or Confronting Asian Diversity? The Case of Iron-Biofortified Rice Research in the Philippines,” and “Ethnography, Agency, and Materiality: Anthropological Perspective on Rice Development in East Timor.”
Reviews (in English) discuss books published in Chinese and Korean, as well as in English, supporting the mission of this journal.
An intriguing interdisciplinary approach that’s well-realized, this title is appropriate for large academic and special libraries supporting interdisciplinary research in science, technology, and society.