Title page for ETD etd-81197-163516

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hohauser, Robyn Lisa
Author's Email Address robyn@access1.net
URN etd-81197-163516
Title The Social Construction of Technology: The Case of LSD
Degree Master of Science
Department Science and Technology Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Luke, Timothy W.
Snizek, William E.
Fuhrman, Ellsworth R. Committee Chair
  • LSD
  • Social Construction
  • Technology
Date of Defense 1995-02-01
Availability unrestricted
In this study, I use SCOT (Social Construction of Technology) theories to trace the history of lysergic acid

diethylamide-25, which is commonly known as LSD. I show how the technological system of LSD

corresponds to phases designated by SCOT theorist Thomas Hughes, specifically invention, development,

innovation, growth, competition, and consolidation.

I explain the importance of Timothy Leary and the CIA in the social construction of the LSD system, and

their influences on the transformation of LSD from a chemical technology to a highly controversial drug.

Finally, I discuss the fate of LSD research today, its usage among members of the public, especially

youngsters, and the usefulness of SCOT theories for this study.

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