Science, technology, security: Towards critical collaboration

Weiss Evans, Sam; Leese, Matthias and Rychnovská, DagmarORCID: (2021) Science, technology, security: Towards critical collaboration. Social Studies of Science, 51 (2), pp. 189-213.

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Science and technology play a central role in the contemporary governance of security, both as tools for the production of security and as objects of security concern. Scholars are increasingly seeking to not only critically reflect on the interplays between science, technology and security, but also engage with the practices of security communities that shape and are shaped by science and technology. To further help this growth of interest in security topics within science and technology studies (STS), we explore possible modes of socio-technical collaboration with security communities of practice. Bringing together literatures from STS and critical security studies, we identify several key challenges to critical social engagement of STS scholars in security-related issues. We then demonstrate how these challenges played out over the course of three case studies from our own experience in engaging security communities of practice. We use these vignettes to show that there is a rich vein of developments in both theory and practice that STS scholars can pursue by attending to the interplay of science, technology and security.

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: security, engagement, collaboration, critical security studies
Research Units: Current Research Groups > Science, Technology and Social Transformation
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2020 09:59
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 08:33
DOI: 10.1177/0306312720953515
ISSN: 0306-3127

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