Inside the Politics of Technology: Agency and Normativity in the Co-Production of Technology and Society by Hans HarbersInside the Politics of Technology: Agency and Normativity in the Co-Production of Technology and Society by Hans Harbers

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Though the old saying claims that man is the measure of all things, the authors of Inside the Politics of Technology argue that the distinction implied between autonomous humans and neutral instruments of technology is an illusion. On the contrary, the technologies humans create simultaneously shape humans themselves.

By means of case studies of technologies as diverse as video cameras, electric cars, pregnancy tests, and genetic screenings, this volume considers the implications of this "co-production" of technology and society for our philosophical and political ideas. Are only humans endowed with social, political, and moral agency, or does our technology share those qualities? And if so, how should we understand—or practice—a politics of technology?
Hans Harbers is associate professor in the faculty of philosophy at the University of Groningen.
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Title:Inside the Politics of Technology: Agency and Normativity in the Co-Production of Technology and…Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.7 inPublished:November 1, 2005Publisher:Amsterdam University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface
 
Introduction:  Co-Production, Agency, and Normativity
Hans Harbers
 
The Distribution of Agency
 
Back to the Drawing Board:  Inventing a Sociology of Technology
Cornelis Disco
 
Artifacts as Social Agents
Philip Brey
 
Diversity and Distributed Agency in the Design and Use of Medical Video-Communication Technologies
Nelly Oudshoorn, Margo Brouns, and Ellen van Oost
 
The Mediation of Agency
 
Choices and Choosing in Cancer Genetics
Dirk Stemerding and Annemiek Nelis
 
Artifacts and Attachment:  A Post-Script Philosophy of Mediation
Peter-Paul Verbeek
 
Art and Technology Playing Leapfrog:  A History and Philosophy of Technoèsis
Petran Kockelkoren
 
The Politics of Agency
 
Taking the Socio-Technical Seriously:  Exploring the Margins for Change in Traffic and Transport Domain
Boelie Elzen
 
Trapped in the Duality of Structure:  An STS Approach to Engineering and Ethics
Tsjalling Swierstra and Jaap Jelsma
 
The Cultural Politics of Prenatal Screening
Marcus Popkema and Hans Harbers
 
Epilogue:  Political Materials--Material Politics
Hans Harbers
 
References
About the Authors
Index of Names
Index of Subjects