Wed.02.11.16. Where are the missing masses, sociology of a few mundane artifacts – Bruno Latour

12:00–13:00
T1005 iLab, ground floor South Building
Latour, B., (1992). Where are the missing masses, sociology of a few mundane artifacts. In: W. Bijker., and J. Law., ed. 1992. Shaping Technology/Building Society. Studies in Sociotechnical Change. Cambridge Mass: MIT Press. pp. 225-259

Extract
One of the most popular and powerful ways of resolving the technological determinism/social constructivism dichotomy in technology studies is the actor network approach. Those advocating the actor network approach agree with the social constructivist claim that sociotechnical systems are developed through negotiations between people, institutions, and organizations. But they make the additional interesting argument that artifacts are part of these negotiations as well. This is not to say that machines think like people do and decide how they will act, but their behavior or nature often has a comparable role. Actor network theorists argue that the material world pushes back on people because of its physical structure and design.

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