The Ethnography of Infrastructure

  title={The Ethnography of Infrastructure},
  author={Susan Leigh Star},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={377 - 391}
  • S. L. Star
  • Published 1 November 1999
  • Sociology
  • American Behavioral Scientist
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