The Performativity of Code

@article{Mackenzie2005ThePO,
  title={The Performativity of Code},
  author={A. Mackenzie},
  journal={Theory, Culture \& Society},
  year={2005},
  volume={22},
  pages={71 - 92}
}
  • A. Mackenzie
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Theory, Culture & Society
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