Living in a Material World: Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies (Inside Technology)

Living in a Material World: Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies (Inside Technology)

Trevor Pinch


Although social scientists typically agree that know-how performs a key position within the financial system, economics and know-how have not begun to be introduced jointly right into a coherent framework that's either analytically attention-grabbing and empirically orientated. This publication attracts at the instruments of technology and know-how experiences and monetary sociology to reconceptualize the intersection of economic system and know-how, suggesting materiality--the concept that social life comprises not just actors and social kin but in addition objects--as the theoretical element of convergence. The individuals absorb common issues, resembling person business enterprise in a community economic system and the materiality of the loved ones in fiscal historical past, in addition to particular monetary applied sciences resembling the inventory ticker, the buying and selling room, and the phone. sorts of infrastructure--accounting, worldwide configurations of buying and selling and knowledge applied sciences, and patent law--are tested. Case stories of the influence of the web and knowledge know-how on intake (e-commerce), the popularity financial system (the upward push of on-line experiences of products), and organizational settings (outsourcing of an IT approach) around off this number of essays.

Contributors: Elizabeth Popp Berman, Daniel Beunza, Michel Callon, Karin Knorr Cetina, Shay David, Thomas F. Gieryn, Barbara Grimpe, David Hatherly, David Leung, Christian Licoppe, Donald MacKenzie, Philip Mirowski, Fabian Muniesa, Edward Nik-Khah, Trevor Pinch, Alex Preda, Nicholas J. Rowland, David Stark, Richard Swedberg

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