Non-Fiction Books:

Synthetic Biology

A Sociology of Changing Practices
Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!


Synthetic Biology by A. Balmer

or 4 payments of $123.75 with Learn more

Available from supplier

The item is brand new and in-stock with one of our preferred suppliers. The item will ship from the Mighty Ape warehouse within the timeframe shown below.

Usually ships in 2-3 weeks
Free Delivery with Primate
Join Now or upgrade at checkout


Delivering to:

Estimated arrival:

  • Around 10-15 February using standard courier service


This book explores the emergence of a new scientific field, synthetic biology, and the many bold promises its proponents have made to change the future of science, industry, humanity and the global environment. It explores how people, including academics, students, industrialists and governance actors, tried to change their practices to bring engineering and biology together, and to realise such promises from within their everyday lives. It focuses on an ethnographic case study of an academic project that aimed to demonstrate the field's promise for solving water industry problems, from leaky pipes to climate change. In doing so, the book weaves together stories of barriers, bacteria and bodies, examining how they were entangled as people tried to make connections between academia and industry. It also reflects on the authors' attempts to work collaboratively with natural scientists and engineers, reflecting on current debates about the role of sociology in such interdisciplinary projects. The book contributes to contemporary studies of science and technology by highlighting issues such as ontology, practices, failure and time.

Author Biography

Andrew S. Balmer is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK, and a member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives. His research is concerned with everyday life, science and technology. His interests span across diverse topics, including: lie detection, lying and deception; neuroscience and dementia; synthetic biology, and; interdisciplinary collaboration. Katie Bulpin is a doctoral student in Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK and Research Associate in Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK. Her doctorate explores the co-production of novel epistemic communities and novice practitioners. Her research interests have centred on the emergence and consolidation of synthetic biology, and the development of creative methods. Susan Molyneux-Hodgson is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and currently Director of Research in the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield. UK. She is Director of SATIS (Science and Technology in Society) research group in Sheffield, which supports doctoral and early career researchers in STS. Her research interests include: the sociology of scientific communities; science and society relations, and; interdisciplinary collaboration.
Release date NZ
February 22nd, 2016
  • Professional & Vocational
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
1st ed. 2016
VIII, 207 p.
Palgrave Macmillan
Product ID

Customer reviews

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Review

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

Filed under...