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

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Overview

This pioneering book, first published in 1987, launched the new field of social studies of technology. It introduced a method of inquiry--social construction of technology, or
SCOT--that became a key part of the wider discipline of science and technology studies. The book helped the MIT Press shape its STS list and inspired the Inside Technology series. The thirteen essays in the book tell stories about such varied technologies as thirteenth-century galleys,
eighteenth-century cooking stoves, and twentieth-century missile systems. Taken together, they affirm the fruitfulness of an approach to the study of technology that gives equal weight to technical, social, economic, and political questions, and they demonstrate the illuminating effects of the integration of empirics and theory. The approaches in this volume--collectively called SCOT
(after the volume's title) have since broadened their scope, and twenty-five years after the publication of this book, it is difficult to think of a technology that has not been studied from a
SCOT perspective and impossible to think of a technology that cannot be studied that way.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262517607
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Edition description: anniversary edition
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,336,260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Wiebe E. Bijker is Professor at Maastricht University and the author of Of Bicycles,
Bakelites, and Bulbs: Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change
(MIT Press) and other books.

Thomas P. Hughes is Professor of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of
Pennsylvania.

Trevor Pinch is Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Professor of Sociology at
Cornell University. He is the coeditor of How Users Matter: The Co-Construction of Users and Technology (MIT Press, 2003) and the coauthor of Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer and other books.

Deborah G. Douglas is Curator of Science and Technology at the MIT Museum. She was the curator and project director for the MIT 150 Exhibition.

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