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|Born||14 February 1950|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge (BA/PhD)|
|Notable works||Laboratory Life: the Social Construction of Scientific Facts|
Stephen William Woolgar (born 14 February 1950) is a British sociologist. He has worked closely with Bruno Latour, with whom he wrote Laboratory Life: the Social Construction of Scientific Facts (1979).
Stephen Woolgar holds a BA (First Class Honours) in engineering and a PhD in sociology, both at the University of Cambridge.
Woolgar wrote Laboratory Life: the Social Construction of Scientific Facts (1979), a social constructionist account of the practice of science, together with Bruno Latour. Wolgar has subsequently adopted an even more relativist stance, for example in his 1988 book Science: The Very Idea (1988).
He has been Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Human Sciences and director of CRICT (Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology) at Brunel University. He holds the Chair of Sociology and Marketing and is a professor of marketing at the University of Oxford and a fellow at Green Templeton College. He is also director of Science and Technology Studies within Oxford's Institute for Science, Innovation and Society. He is an important contributor in the fields of science studies, sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK) and the science and technology studies (STS) (especially on the topic of sociology of machines). Stephen Woolgar is a recipient of the John Desmond Bernal Prize in 2008 awarded annually by the Society for Social Studies of Science to an individual judged to have made a distinguished contribution to the field.
- Woolgar, Steve; Latour, Bruno (1986) . Laboratory life: the construction of scientific facts. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691094182. Originally published 1979 in Los Angeles, by Sage Publications
- Woolgar, Steve (1993) . Science: the very idea. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415084758.
- Woolgar, Steve (1988). Knowledge and reflexivity: new frontiers in the sociology of knowledge. London: Sage. ISBN 9780803981201.
- Woolgar, Steve; Fuller, Steve; de Mey, Marc; Shinn, Terry (1989). The cognitive turn: sociological and psychological perspectives on science. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. ISBN 9789401578257.
- Woolgar, Steve; Lynch, Michael (1990). Representation in scientific practice. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262620765.
- Woolgar, Steve; Grint, Keith (1997). The machine at work: technology, work, and organization. Cambridge, UK Malden, Massachusetts: Polity Press. ISBN 9780745609256.
- Woolgar, Steve (2002). Virtual society? Technology, cyberbole, reality. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780191593963.
- Woolgar, Steve; Lynch, Michael; Coopmans, Catelijne; Vertesi, Janet (2014). Representation in scientific practice revisited. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262525381.
Chapter in books
- Woolgar, Steve (1992), "Some remarks about positionism: A reply to Collins and Yearley", in Pickering, Andrew, Science as practice and culture, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 327–342, ISBN 9780226668017.
- Woolgar, Steve; Mulkay, Michael; Gilbert, G. Nigel (May 1975). "Problem areas and research networks in science". Sociology. Sage. 9 (2): 187–203. doi:10.1177/003803857500900201.
- Woolgar, Steve (August 1981). "Interests and explanation in the social study of science". Social Studies of Science. Sage. 11 (3): 365–394. doi:10.1177/030631278101100304.
- Woolgar, Steve; Pawluch, Dorothy (February 1985). "Ontological gerrymandering: The anatomy of social problems explanations". Social Problems. Oxford University Press. 32 (3): 214–227. doi:10.2307/800680.
- Oxford home page
- Professor Steve Woolgar (short biography)
- Society for Social Studies of Science
- Institute for Science, Innovation and Society
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