Living in a Material World: Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

Living in a Material World: Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

by Trevor Pinch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262662078

ISBN-13: 9780262662079

Pub. Date: 11/30/2008

Publisher: MIT Press

Although social scientists generally agree that technology plays a key role in the economy, economics and technology have yet to be brought together into a coherent framework that is both analytically interesting and empirically oriented.
This book draws on the tools of science and technology studies and economic sociology to reconceptualize the intersection of

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Although social scientists generally agree that technology plays a key role in the economy, economics and technology have yet to be brought together into a coherent framework that is both analytically interesting and empirically oriented.
This book draws on the tools of science and technology studies and economic sociology to reconceptualize the intersection of economy and technology, suggesting materiality--the idea that social existence involves not only actors and social relations but also objects--as the theoretical point of convergence. The contributors take up general concerns, such as individual agency in a network economy and the materiality of the household in economic history, as well as specific financial technologies such as the stock ticker, the trading room, and the telephone. Forms of infrastructure--accounting, global configurations of trading and information technologies, and patent law--are examined. Case studies of the impact of the Internet and information technology on consumption (e-commerce), the reputation economy (the rise of online reviews of products), and organizational settings (outsourcing of an IT system) round off this collection of essays.

Contributors: Elizabeth Popp Berman,
Daniel Beunza, Michel Callon, Karin Knorr Cetina, Shay David, Thomas F. Gieryn,
Barbara Grimpe, David Hatherly, David Leung, Christian Licoppe, Donald MacKenzie,
Philip Mirowski, Fabian Muniesa, Edward Nik-Khah, Trevor Pinch, Alex Preda, Nicholas
J. Rowland, David Stark, Richard Swedberg

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262662079
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/30/2008
Series:
Inside Technology
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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