The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology (MIT Press)

The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology (MIT Press)


This pioneering ebook, first released in 1987, introduced the hot box of social reports of know-how. It brought a style of inquiry--social development of know-how, or SCOT--that turned a key a part of the broader self-discipline of technology and expertise reviews. The booklet helped the MIT Press form its STS checklist and encouraged the interior expertise sequence. The 13 essays within the publication inform tales approximately such different applied sciences as thirteenth-century galleys, eighteenth-century cooking stoves, and twentieth-century missile platforms. Taken jointly, they confirm the fruitfulness of an method of the examine of know-how that offers equivalent weight to technical, social, fiscal, and political questions, they usually exhibit the illuminating results of the combination of empirics and concept. The techniques during this volume--collectively known as SCOT (after the volume's name) have on account that broadened their scope, and twenty-five years after the ebook of this booklet, it truly is tough to consider a expertise that has no longer been studied from a SCOT point of view and most unlikely to consider a expertise that can not be studied that way.

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