Do Politics Have Artefacts?

  title={Do Politics Have Artefacts?},
  author={Bernward Joerges},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  pages={411 - 431}
  • B. Joerges
  • Published 1 June 1999
  • History
  • Social Studies of Science
In social studies of technology, as in many other scientific disciplines, highly persuasive similes are at work: pious stories, seemingly reaped from research, suggesting certain general theoretical insights. Variously adapted, they are handed down: in the process, they acquire almost doctrinal unassailability. One such parable, which has been retold in technology and urban studies for a long time, is the story of Robert Moses' low bridges, preventing the poor and the black of New York from… 

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Winner's Moses-interpretation appears in the first few pages (and is appropriated for the argument against technological determinism)

    The Legislation of Things (Essay Review)', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

    • where the Moses quote is without further referencing attributed to Andrew Feenberg, Alternative Modernity: The Technical Turn in Philosophy and Social Theory
    • 1995

    As Random House editor Jason Epstein still calls him recently: see J. Epstein

      Looking at it this way, the title of this Comment could well have been: 'To Whom Belong the Bridges of Robert Moses?'; or: 'To Whom Belong the Bridges of Robert Moses

        Random House, 1961); see also the section devoted to Moses in Eugene Lewis

        • The New York Approach: Robert Moses, Urban Liberals, and Redevelopment of the Inner City
        • 1980

        I use the term 'LogIcons' as shorthand for 'pictures to think with' -that is, visual representations in science

          Winner, interview, loc. cit. note 10