History Of Technology, Volume 28: Special Issue: By whose standards? Standardization, stability and uniformity in the history of info by Ian InksterHistory Of Technology, Volume 28: Special Issue: By whose standards? Standardization, stability and uniformity in the history of info by Ian Inkster

History Of Technology, Volume 28: Special Issue: By whose standards? Standardization, stability and…

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Hardcover | May 31, 2009

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Technical standards have received increasing attention in recent years from historians of science and technology, management theorists and economists. Often, inquiry focuses on the emergence of stability, technical closure and culturally uniform modernity. Yet current literature also emphasizes the durability of localism, heterogeneity and user choice. This collection investigates the apparent tension between these trends using case studies from across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The History of Technology addresses tensions between material standards and process standards, explores the distinction between specifying standards and achieving convergence towards them, and examines some of the discontents generated by the reach of standards into ?everyday life'.

Includes the Special Issue "By whose standards? Standardization, stability and uniformity in the history of information and electrical technologies"

Ian Inkster is Research Professor of International History at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Graeme Gooday is Professor of the History of Science and Technology at the University of Leeds. He had broad interests in the history and historiography of technology, especially in late 19th century electrical engineering. Following his...
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Title:History Of Technology, Volume 28: Special Issue: By whose standards? Standardization, stability and…Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 31, 2009Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:082643875X

ISBN - 13:9780826438751

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Table of Contents

Introduction: does standardization make things standard?James Sumner and Graeme GoodayMorality, locality and 'standardization' in the work of British consulting electrical engineers, 1880-1914Efstathios ArapostathisTechnology, vision and practice: rethinking closure in the history of artificial illuminationChris OtterStandardization across the boundaries of the Bell System, 1920-1938Andrew L. Russell
Battery birds, 'stimulighting' and 'twilighting': the ecology of standardized poultry technologyKaren Sayer
Basicode: co-producing a microcomputer EsperantoFrank Veraart
Standards and compatibility: the rise of the PC platformJames Sumner
IPv6: a history of the next-generation InternetLaura DeNardis

Editorial Reviews

Editors Graeme Gooday and James Sumner have selected a diverse set of articles ...[the book] adds value by challenging how we understand standardization in the realm of technology and industry. It should be read by all those interested in processes of standardization.