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Society for Social Studies of Science

The Society

Society for Social Studies of Science is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to understanding science and technology. While as many of us study technology as science, we continue to use our original name, or simply "4S".


The Society for Social Studies of Science exists to facilitate communication across conventional boundaries that separate the disciplines and across national boundaries that separate scholars.

4S includes

  • scholars in sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, economics, and psychology
  • areas of study that fall outside of the traditional academic disciplines such as feminist studies and cultural studies, as well as those addressing science and technology for the public
  • studies of knowledge, policy, R&D, the development and use of specific technologies
  • working scientists and engineers interested in the social aspects of their fields
  • members of the public who have an interest in the way that science and technology affect their lives

Annual membership rates are $50 for professionals, $25 for reduced rate members, and $100 for sustaining members.  The low cost of reduced rate membership allows students, retirees, and scholars from non-OECD to receive all the benefits of a professional association at reduced rates.  All additional revenue generated from sustaining members contributes to a fund in support of subsidies for meeting participation by students and other low-income scholars.

Our journal is mailed first class, at no extra charge, to all members worldwide. Members also receive Technoscience Updates, a monthly email publication summarizing events in the field. Read more about membership in 4S.

Contact Information:

Dr. Stephen Zehr
Department of Sociology
University of Southern Indiana
Evansville, IN 47712

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