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Configuring the User: The Case of Usability Trials
The paper explores the metaphor of machine as text, set within the context of longstanding problems in social theory about agency and object. These problems concern both the conventional basis ofExpand
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The Machine at Work: Technology, Work and Organization
Acknowledgements. Introduction: Deus ex Machina. . 1. Theories of Technology. 2. The Luddites: Diablo Ex Machina. . 3. Configuring the User: Inventing New Technologies. 4. Some Failures of Nerve inExpand
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Science, the very idea
The notion of science is a dominant and enduring feature of Western thought. This book looks at the social study of science, which has begun to transform attitudes to science traditionally upheld byExpand
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The Turn to Technology in Social Studies of Science
This article examines how the special theoretical significance of the sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK) is affected by attempts to apply relativist-constructivism to technology. The articleExpand
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Representation in Scientific Practice
The essays in this book provide an excellent introduction to the means by which scientists convey their ideas. While diverse in their subject matter, the essays are unified in asserting thatExpand
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The wrong bin bag: A turn to ontology in science and technology studies?
There is in science and technology studies a perceptible new interest in matters of ‘ontology’. Until recently, the term ‘ontology’ had been sparingly used in the field. Now it appears to haveExpand
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The Machine at Work
Keywords: Socio-technical systems ; work organisation Reference Record created on 2005-06-20, modified on 2016-08-08
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Ontological Gerrymandering: The Anatomy of Social Problems Explanations
Recent explanations of social problems have increasingly adopted the “definitional” perspective. This paper provides a critical commentary on the form of sociological explanation common to thisExpand
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Virtual Society?: Technology, Cyberbole, Reality
1. Introduction: Five Rules of Virtuality 2. They Came, They Surfed, They Went Back to the Beach: Conceptualizing Use and Non-use of the Internet 3. Visualization Needs Vision: The Pre-paradigmaticExpand
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