The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology

The Social Construction of Technological Systems New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology The impact of technology on society is clear and unmistakable The influence of society on technology is subtle The essays in this book draw on a wide array of case studies from cooking stoves to mi

  • Title: The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology
  • Author: Thomas P. Hughes Wiebe Bijker
  • ISBN: 9780262521376
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • The impact of technology on society is clear and unmistakable The influence of society on technology is subtle The 13 essays in this book draw on a wide array of case studies from cooking stoves to missile systems, from 15th century Portugal to today s AI labs to outline an original research program based on a synthesis of ideas from the social studies of scienceThe impact of technology on society is clear and unmistakable The influence of society on technology is subtle The 13 essays in this book draw on a wide array of case studies from cooking stoves to missile systems, from 15th century Portugal to today s AI labs to outline an original research program based on a synthesis of ideas from the social studies of science and the history of technology Together they affirm the need for a study of technology that gives equal weight to technical, social, economic, and political questions.Wiebe E Bijker teaches in the Department of General Sciences at the University of Limburg in The Netherlands Thomas P Hughes is Professor of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and Trevor Pinch is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of York in England

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    1. Much like "Does Technology Drive History?" this book is a compendium of essays. However, instead of exploring technological determinism, this book explores the opposite end of the spectrum: sociological constructivism. I found the essays in this book to be less accessible than Technology's, though that may just be because they necessarily take a more sociological approach to their analysis. Bottom line for social constructivists is that technology (and science, though there appears to be some co [...]

    2. Some useful reflections on social constructivism, systems and actor networks alongside forays into AI and expert systems. Good empirical examples to learn from, too.

    3. Astounding book that has completely flipped my way of thinking about historical developments of technology (and, by extension, media objects). I was familiar with the approaches put forward in the book through second-hand sources, but seeing their beginnings and formulations (not to mention how they are in dialogue with one another) is so much more helpful. I would really suggest that this be required reading for any sort of media history course; even though the case studies are dry and do not d [...]

    4. I have a business background and honestly instead of a history book, I have found a primative business book when I finished reading this book. The networks and consumption theories that are written here are old.

    5. Interesting book. Very dry and at times geared towards someone with expertise in the field being discussed.

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