Shaping Technology, Guiding Policy: Concepts, Spaces and Tools
Knut H. Sørensen, Robin Williams
E. Elgar, Jan 1, 2002 - Political Science - 404 pages
'This volume represents the latest thinking of the eminent group of scholars dedicated to our understanding of the "social shaping of technology". They have joined economic historians, evolutionary economists, and those doing studies of innovation, in enriching our understanding of the important yet subtle interactions between technology and society.' - Keith Pavitt, SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, UK This book makes significant advances in analysing the relationship between technology and society. It highlights both the policy implications of this relationship and new possibilities for intervention by government, policymakers, managers and the public. Shaping Technology, Guiding Policy examines and utilises a variety of recently emerging concepts which highlight the scope for local discretion and choice in the way that technologies are designed and used as well as the broader structures and systems that may serve to restrict choice. By applying these concepts to an analysis of case studies of various social and technical settings, the book explores their utility for understanding the ways in which contemporary technologies are developed and applied and how they are made to influence society.
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