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

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

Trevor Pinch


Although social scientists as a rule agree that expertise performs a key function within the financial system, economics and expertise have not begun to be introduced jointly right into a coherent framework that's either analytically attention-grabbing and empirically orientated. This ebook attracts at the instruments of technological know-how and expertise experiences and monetary sociology to reconceptualize the intersection of economic climate and know-how, suggesting materiality--the concept that social lifestyles consists of not just actors and social relatives but in addition objects--as the theoretical element of convergence. The individuals soak up normal matters, corresponding to person organisation in a community economic system and the materiality of the family in fiscal historical past, in addition to particular monetary applied sciences equivalent to the inventory ticker, the buying and selling room, and the phone. different types of infrastructure--accounting, worldwide configurations of buying and selling and data applied sciences, and patent law--are tested. Case stories of the impression of the net and data know-how on intake (e-commerce), the recognition financial system (the upward push of on-line studies of products), and organizational settings (outsourcing of an IT procedure) around off this choice 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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