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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 December 2007) 1 (1): 53–75.
Published: 01 December 2007
... a concept, “relevant marginal actor,” to clarify which actors play critical roles in the whole local decision-making process in which controversial technological issues are framed, and reframed. The pro-nuclear group criticized the decision, and asked the local government auditor to conduct a...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 December 2011) 5 (4): 441–459.
Published: 01 December 2011
... material (i.e., both tangible and discursively relevant) with respect to his or her relationship to rice. Materiality of rice is informally constituted by each actor in ideological standards that guide and configure how different aspects of rice, such as cultivation, milling, and variety, equate with...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 September 2017) 11 (3): 353–372.
Published: 01 September 2017
...—an Indo-Japanese joint-venture—is able to promote the CSCI due to its central position in a network relationship, its possession of specialized skills and knowledge, and its ability to maneuver other actors in the network and to identify and utilize their latent value. We examine the developmental...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 December 2015) 9 (4): 381–396.
Published: 01 December 2015
... brought into the network and new structural conditions could emerge. The study of reassembled cars is a typical example of studies that verify displacement agency theory's highlighting of marginal actors’ capacities in initiating transformation within a network. A second area of study shows how the...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 September 2009) 3 (2-3): 315–342.
Published: 01 September 2009
... social to reach “impoverished” others, local groups reach out to development actors to evaluate and appropriate their resources and accept or redirect those efforts. In a political interplay of disciplinary measures and localizing translations, development projects are re-invented, or aspects thereof...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 March 2018) 12 (1): 57–79.
Published: 01 March 2018
... ontological stance of the actors—are situated and can shift. Our argument regarding STS is twofold. First, while Lin and Law argue that STS needs to develop an appropriate mode of betrayal when translating across ontological differences from a source language to a destination language (Western analytics), we...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 June 2014) 8 (2): 159–174.
Published: 01 June 2014
... article discusses the literature with attention to the reciprocal relationships between technoscience and political power mediated by the nationalist view of S&T. Next, this article evaluates the literature on the Biosafety and Bioethics Act, with emphasis on the interactions among diverse actors...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 December 2013) 7 (4): 601–623.
Published: 01 December 2013
... attention to actors and issues often overlooked, such as Cold War politics, international flows of knowledge and materials, global consumers, nation building, villagers in Ōkuma and Futaba, and laborers at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. In particular, we highlight several significant ways in which...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 September 2018) 12 (3): 277–308.
Published: 01 September 2018
... how its public authority is established through collective witness. Renewable energy is continually represented as an “immature” and “unviable” technology when it comes to satisfying the nation’s need, through particular routinized practices in the calculation of “reserve margins” in electricity...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 June 2018) 12 (2): 215–218.
Published: 01 June 2018
... marginal, from colonizing to colonized, and from strong to weak. Chapters 3–6 are impressive ethnographic field studies. Interspersed are various actors’ accounts and the author’s field notes, including technological sheets, photos, and diagrams showing how agents and technology interact with one...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 September 2013) 7 (3): 517–525.
Published: 01 September 2013
..., that they are “culturally and socially thin,” then the relevant question is how to thicken them (233). Here she returns to the fundamental problem with conceiving market actors as rational, a picture she refers to as “breathtakingly crude” (235). In contrast, a focus on “mundane aspects” provides “a...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 June 2014) 8 (2): 265–267.
Published: 01 June 2014
... “Disease Categories.” Each reader is bound to find some stimulating discussions relevant to his or her interests. I will venture to present three general observations. First, the essays speak to Leung's consistent interest in exploring the emergence and characteristics of “late imperial” Chinese society...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 June 2011) 5 (2): 127–134.
Published: 01 June 2011
..., and the weather, as well as various actors, agencies, or institutions, such as fertilizer companies, extension services, or markets. In the home, the storage characteristics, texture, aroma, or stomach-filling qualities will be prominent. The authors' shared focus on materiality brings the entity rice...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 March 2017) 11 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 March 2017
... production. This is an area where the perspectives of STS are highly relevant to comprehending the complexity of ongoing transformations in Indonesia and the wider region. By the same token, Indonesia provides an important site for testing STS concepts and theories, which have been situated primarily in the...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 March 2011) 5 (1): 117–121.
Published: 01 March 2011
... are still very instructive to those in relevant fields. For example, how do people act when the concepts of body are changing? People rarely transform themselves passively. A new model of the body is established through active practice, as David Harvey explained, saying “new technologies (hardware...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 June 2017) 11 (2): 285–292.
Published: 01 June 2017
... Chinese in Canton during the late Qing, and how natural scientific knowledge was acquired and produced through local scientific, as well as commercial, networks, involving a wide range of actors from scientists and merchants to peddlers. Fan's article also offers new methodological approaches that go...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 November 2012) 6 (4): 487–491.
Published: 01 November 2012
... HIV harm reduction policy of Taiwan. He convincingly shows that this particular approach works better to explain the case study than does another theory of a similar origin (Latour's actor network theory, or ANT). The concept of assemblages proves to be a useful perspective on the harm-reduction...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 December 2007) 1 (2): 213–231.
Published: 01 December 2007
... appropriation. This shift of attention has helped to reveal the heterogeneity of scientific actors, the variety of sites for the making of scientific knowledge, and the complexity of negotiations among scientific actors. As a result, the lines between producers, users, and other various partners and...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 June 2011) 5 (2): 189–215.
Published: 01 June 2011
... the processes and aims of development interventions engage with recipient actors? What does rice mean to local groups, and how are those meanings transformed, or not, through the development encounter? How are project beneficiaries persuaded that a problem exists, and what informs their subsequent...
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East Asian Science, Technology and Society (1 March 2011) 5 (1): 27–48.
Published: 01 March 2011
... of theories or approaches for their own discipline. For example, the founder of actor network theory, Michel Callon ( 1995 ), utilized five indices from the basic frame of that theory (nature, actors, underlying dynamic, agreement, and social organization) to define four models of the dynamics of...