Do Categories Have Politics? The Language/Action Perspective Reconsidered

@inproceedings{Suchman1993DoCH,
  title={Do Categories Have Politics? The Language/Action Perspective Reconsidered},
  author={Lucy A. Suchman},
  booktitle={ECSCW},
  year={1993}
}
Drawing on writings within the CSCW community and on recent social theory, this paper proposes that the adoption of speech act theory as a foundation for system design carries with it an agenda of discipline and control over organization members' actions. I begin with a brief review of the language/action perspective introduced by Winograd, Flores and their colleagues, focusing in particular on the categorization of speakers' intent. I then turn to, some observations on the politics of… CONTINUE READING
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