Shaping Technology/building Society: Studies in Sociotechnical Change

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Contents

The Life and Death of an Aircraft A Network Analysis of Technical Change
21
Whats in a Patent?
53
The Social Construction of Fluorescent Lighting Or How an Artifact Was Invented in Its Diffusion Stage
75
Strategies Resources and the Shaping of Technology
103
Controversy and Closure in Technological Change Constructing Steel
109
Closing the Ranks Definition and Stabilization of Radioactive Wastes in the US Atomic Energy Commission 19451960
140
Artifacts and Frames of Meaning Thomas A Edison His Managers and the Cultural Construction of Motion Pictures
175
What Next? Technology Theory and Method
199
Where Are the Missing Masses? The Sociology of a Few Mundane Artifacts
225
A Summary of a Convenient Vocabulary for the Semiotics of Human and Nonhuman Assemblies
259
Technology Testing Text Clinical Budgeting in the UK National Health Service
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Postscript Technology Stability and Social Theory
290
References
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Contributors
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Index
331
Copyright

The DeScription of Technical Objects
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Page 3 - ... of the technologies were made according to their mindscapes and perceptual reach, thereby indirectly predetermining future landscapes. Our technologies mirror our societies. They reproduce and embody the complex interplay of professional, technical, economic, and political factors. . . . The idea of 'pure' technology is nonsense. Technologies always embody compromise, politics, economics, theories of the strength of materials, notions about what is beautiful or worthwhile, professional preferences,...

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