The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology

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Wiebe E. Bijker, Thomas Parke Hughes, Trevor J. Pinch
MIT Press, 1987 - Technology & Engineering - 405 pages
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The impact of technology on society is clear and unmistakable. The influence ofsociety on technology is more subtle. The 13 essays in this book draw on a wide array of casestudies from cooking stoves to missile systems, from 15th­century Portugal to today's AI labs- to outline an original research program based on a synthesis of ideas from the social studies ofscience and the history of technology. Together they affirm the need for a study of technology thatgives equal weight to technical, social, economic, and political questions.

  

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I have a business background and honestly instead of a history book, I have found a primative business book when I finished reading this book. The networks and consumption theories that are written here are old. Read full review

Contents

Or How the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Technology Might Benefit Each Other
17
The Evolution of Large Technological Systems
51
The Study of Technology as a Tool for Sociological Analysis
83
Introduction
107
The Case of Portuguese Expansion
111
The Nelson WinterDost Model and Synthetic Dye Chemistry
135
Toward a Theory of Invention
159
Introduction
191
A Proposal for Research Strategies in the Sociology of Technology
261
A Study of the Development of Medical Images
281
Introduction
307
A Note on Sociological Critiques of Cognitivism
311
Expert Systems and the Science of Knowledge
329
References
349
Contributors
373
Name Index
377

A Case Study in the Social Processes of Technological Change
195
Community System or Organization?
223
Regulatory Science and the Social Management of Trust in Medicine
243

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Wiebe E. Bijker is Professor of Technology & Society at the University of Maastricht.

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