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Title Shaping Technology building Society
Author Wiebe E. Bijker
Publisher The MIT Press
Release 1992
Category Science
Total Pages 341
ISBN 9780262521949
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Technology is everywhere, yet a theory of technology and its social dimension remainsto be fully developed. Building on the influential book The Social Construction of TechnologicalSystems, this volume carries forward the project of creating a theory of technological developmentand implementation that is strongly grounded in both sociology and history. The 12 essays addressthe central question of how technologies become stabilized, how they attain a final form and usethat is generally accepted. The essays are tied together by a general introduction, partintroductions, and a theoretical conclusion.The first part of the book examines and criticizes theidea that technologies have common life cycles; three case studies cover the history of a successfulbut never produced British jet fighter, the manipulation of patents by a French R&D company togain a market foothold, and the managed development of high-intensity fluorescent lighting to servethe interests of electricity suppliers as well as the producing company.The second part looks atbroader interactions shaping technology and its social context: the question of who was to define"steel," the determination of what constitutes radioactive waste and its proper disposal, and thesocial construction of motion pictures as exemplified by Thomas Edison's successful development ofthe medium and its commercial failure.The last part offers theoretical studies suggestingalternative approaches to sociotechnologies; two studies argue for a strong sociotechnology in whichartifact and social context are viewed as a single seamless web, while the third looks at the waysin which a social program is a technology.Wiebe E. Bijker is Associate Professor at the Universityof Limburg, The Netherlands. John Law is Professor in Sociology at the University of Keele,Staffordshire, England.

Title Shaping Technology Building Society
Author Wiebe E. Bijker
Publisher MIT Press
Release 1994-09-29
Category Science
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780262260435
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Building on the influential book The Social Construction of Technological Systems, this volume carries forward the project of creating a theory of technological development and implementation that is strongly grounded in both sociology and history. Technology is everywhere, yet a theory of technology and its social dimension remains to be fully developed. Building on the influential book The Social Construction of Technological Systems, this volume carries forward the project of creating a theory of technological development and implementation that is strongly grounded in both sociology and history. The 12 essays address the central question of how technologies become stabilized, how they attain a final form and use that is generally accepted. The essays are tied together by a general introduction, part introductions, and a theoretical conclusion. The first part of the book examines and criticizes the idea that technologies have common life cycles; three case studies cover the history of a successful but never produced British jet fighter, the manipulation of patents by a French R&D company to gain a market foothold, and the managed development of high-intensity fluorescent lighting to serve the interests of electricity suppliers as well as the producing company. The second part looks at broader interactions shaping technology and its social context: the question of who was to define "steel," the determination of what constitutes radioactive waste and its proper disposal, and the social construction of motion pictures as exemplified by Thomas Edison's successful development of the medium and its commercial failure. The last part offers theoretical studies suggesting alternative approaches to sociotechnologies; two studies argue for a strong sociotechnology in which artifact and social context are viewed as a single seamless web, while the third looks at the ways in which a social program is a technology.

Title Synchronizing Science and Technology with Human Behaviour
Author Ralf Brand
Publisher Earthscan
Release 2005
Category Political Science
Total Pages 174
ISBN 1844072517
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Photovoltaics provides the feasible means to go beyond energy saving in building to incorporating energy production. There are already numerous successful examples and it is an option in design that is now available to all building planners, not only the

Technologies of Modern Medicine by Ghislaine Lawrence

Title Technologies of Modern Medicine
Author Ghislaine Lawrence
Publisher
Release 1994
Category Medical technology
Total Pages 150
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Many practices now central to modern medicine first came to prominence in the years after World War Two. This book examines three areas of particularly rapid change: the development, reception and uptake of new machines for clinical use within a medical and industrial context; new concerns with defining and measuring the health of populations; and the functioning of laboratory research within twentieth-century medicine. Technologies of Modern Medicine is made up of papers given at a symposium held at the Science Museum in 1993.

Shaping Technology Guiding Policy by Knut H. Sørensen

Title Shaping Technology Guiding Policy
Author Knut H. Sørensen
Publisher Edward Elgar Pub
Release 2002
Category Political Science
Total Pages 404
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This text evolved from the European COST A4 Action on the Social Shaping of Technology 1991-9, a coordinated effort of national scientific and technical research conducted on a European level. In this collection of 13 essays, 15 international scholars explore several issues regarding social shaping technology (SST), including the development of SST as a research area; the main concepts and approaches emerging within the area of SST; the new explanatory frameworks, concepts and tools which have recently emerged; and how these findings contribute to policy and public and commercial intervention around technological innovation. For academics and researchers in science and technology studies, technology policy, and the management of technology, and for technology policymakers and practitioners. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Technology and Society by Deborah G. Johnson

Title Technology and Society
Author Deborah G. Johnson
Publisher Mit Press
Release 2009
Category Science
Total Pages 623
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An anthology of writings by thinkers ranging from Freeman Dyson to Bruno Latour thatfocuses on the interconnections of technology, society, and values and how these may affect thefuture.

Title Environment Planning
Author
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Release 2010
Category City planning
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Pedagogical Machines by Simon Kitto

Title Pedagogical Machines
Author Simon Kitto
Publisher Nova Science Pub Incorporated
Release 2010
Category Education
Total Pages 162
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book investigates the effects of information communication technologies (ICTs) as techniques for neoliberal, or what we refer to as "advanced liberal", governing within universities using a regional Australian university as the site of study. It seeks to demonstrate how the adoption of ICTs reconfigures universities as sites of governing and constitutes the subjectivities of academics and on-campus students as both the vehicles and the effects of advanced liberal forms of regulation. Significantly, in focusing on these processes of configuration, it draws attention also to the localised practices that both enable ICTs to 'work' as techniques of advanced liberal governing, and shape rule in novel ways producing unintended effects. In general, the authors explore the strategies and tactics through which ICTs are implemented, and the effects this has on the way academics and internal on-campus students are governed and govern themselves. More specifically, they analyse the way information technology is involved in the constitution and governing of the 'freedom' of the on-campus student and to a lesser degree that of academics. The book argues that the implementation of ICTs into universities is not an unproblematic process whereby ICTs act simply as neutral tools to improve the governing apparatus of universities. Rather, the process of the implementation and use of ICTs for the governing of higher education is a highly political, productive and ironic process that changes the very concept and practice of the university and the subjectivities of academics and students. In particular, the book draws attention to the important issue of how the educational practices of academics and students in association with ICTs can serve to both contradict, and facilitate the success of advanced liberal ways of governing universities.

Title Making Technology Our Own
Author Merete Lie
Publisher
Release 1996
Category Norway
Total Pages 223
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Making Technology Our Own? focuses on how consumers, or users, acquire and master technology in different social contexts, and examines how they actively create a relationship with, and define themselves through, that technology. The authors of this collection of articles argue that the users/consumers of technology are the co-designers of the relationship to technological products."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Title Managing Technology in Society
Author Arie Rip
Publisher Burns & Oates
Release 1995
Category Technological innovations
Total Pages 361
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"A fateful conceptual gap separates the policy makers and managers charged with promoting technology, and the risk and technology assessors responsible for controlling it. This hampers the effective use of many new technologies, and prevents the development of others. The strategy of constructive technology assessment (CTA) addresses this gap through facilitating societal learning processes, and proposing a shared responsibility for the promotion and control of new technologies." "Combining analysis of both cases and concepts, Managing Technology in Society confronts the underdevelopment of innovative potential for achieving goals of wealth, sustainability and safety. Factors that block change, as well as conditions for successful learning are identified in a wide-ranging selection of cases that encompass biotechnology, clean technologies, information and medical technologies. The contributors build on the convergence of recent theories on technical change within economics, sociology and the history of technology, to offer suggestions for CTA action, and so create a new paradigm of managing technology in society."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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