Afterword: Sheila Jasanoff
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The idiom of co-production, as we have argued in this volume, represents a major synthesis of scholarship in science and technology studies (S&TS). At once capturing and helping to crystallize shared orientations from a broad crosssection of the field, this interpretive framework illuminates how cognitive understandings of the world we live in are tied at many points to social means of intervening in or coping with that world. The concept of co-production thus rejects the simplifications of both social determinism and scientific or technological determinism; it sees science neither as constituted by interests alone nor as an unmediated reflection of nature. On the contrary, it presumes that knowledge and its material embodiments are products of social work and, at the same time, constitutive of forms of social life. It acknowledges that lived “reality” is made up of complex linkages among the cognitive, the material, the normative and the social – and that understanding these links is indispensable to meaningful projects of social theory and prescriptive analysis. For all these reasons, coproduction offers as much traction in explicating the social dimensions of scientific and technological change as in exploring the cognitive and material bases of other powerful political and cultural configurations.